How to Make Your Next Census Enumerator Hire

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Last updated at 09-17-2020 15:48:12



More than 22 companies advertise 3,569 Census Enumerator jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Census Enumerator most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 1,160 job posts from 8 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 166.7% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 486 Census Enumerator job seekers for every active Census Enumerator job, which shows that it is an employer's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Customer Service Representative, Delivery Driver, Call Center Representative, Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Retail Sales Associate, Warehouse Worker, Sales Representative, Front Desk Agent, and Contact Tracer seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Census Enumerator candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant, Delivery Driver, Receptionist, Retail Sales Associate, Call Center Representative, Warehouse Worker, Front Desk Agent, Sales Representative, and Sales Associate. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Census Enumerator candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 21.7% of the active Census Enumerator candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 22.5% have between 3-5 years of experience, 20.8% have 6-10 years of experience, and 35.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 10.3 years to 6.5 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with less experience to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include Spanish, English, bilingualism, and portuguese. If you are looking for a Census Enumerator with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about nan as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 50.9% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately nan%.

Example Census Enumerator responsibilities

  • Inform residents of the reasons for the visit and obtain their contact information and answers to the questions asked
  • Verify the accuracy of data provided
  • Check that only one person per household is enumerated
  • Collect all documents


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Census Enumerator positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, and Delaware are the states that have the highest demand for Census Enumerators. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, California, and Delaware are where most job seekers are searching for Census Enumerator jobs. If we look at the Census Enumerator to job ratio, Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, West Virginia, and Montana have the lowest number of Census Enumerator applicants per job. Delaware, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have the most active Census Enumerator job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 563,866 job seekers interested in Census Enumerator opportunities in the United States. That’s a 130.2% increase compared to the previous quarter with 244,902 active job seekers. Around 21.7% of the active Census Enumerator candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 22.5% have between 3-5 years of experience, 20.8% have 6-10 years of experience, and 35.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Census Enumerator candidates is 6.5 years. Active candidates in the Census Enumerator profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Census Enumerator candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 448 Census Enumerators from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, US Censors Bureau, Maximus, Central Statistics Office, 2020 Census Bureau, MAXIMUS FEDERAL SERVICE, U.S. Government, MissionSide, and Statistics Canada.

After analyzing post-interview data from Census Enumerator candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 34.0% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 76.0% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Census Enumerator candidates are expecting a phone call/screening, background check, on-site interview, and written test. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises, take-home/sample work, or drug test. If you are trying to hire your next Census Enumerator quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 78.8% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 46% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What interests you about this position?
  • Why are you interested in U.S. Census Bureau service to our nation and communities?
  • What hobbies or activities do you plan to pursue if you are hired?
  • Are you willing to accept reassignment to other vacant geographic census regions and/or population schedules throughout the year?
  • How would your friends or acquaintances describe you?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Census Enumerator salary offered by employers increased for 4 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 3% from $38,640.0 to $39,975.0 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Census Enumerator positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 66.7%, a 401k plan by 0.0%, dental insurance by 0.0%, paid time off by 0.0%, stock options/grants by 0.0%, vision insurance by 0.0%, and discounts by 0.0%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including somewhat remote, maternity leave, paternity leave, mostly remote, flexible working hours, location variety, and fully remote, to attract and retain Census Enumerator candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 46.2% of the employers conducted a background check, and 12.3% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Census Enumerator candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Census Enumerator, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Census Enumerator candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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