Workplace Culture

Workers Stay at Firms for Median 4.4 Years

By Staff Report

Sep. 14, 2010

The median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employers was 4.4 as of January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, September 14.

The employee tenure measure, which is released every two years, was last recorded at 4.1 years in 2008.

The increase reflects, in part, large job losses among less-senior workers in during the Great Recession, according to the bureau.

Workers in the manufacturing industry had the highest median tenure among major industries at 6.1 years. Workers in the leisure and hospitality industry had the lowest median tenure at 2.5 years.

Median tenure increased with age, according to the report. Workers aged 55 to 64 had a median tenure of 10 years while workers aged 25 to 34 had a median tenure of 3.1 years. 

Filed by Staffing Industry Analysts, a sister company of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail


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