State Employee Stats

As of January 2021

* Statistics that list "Number of SHRA Employees" refers to employees covered by the State Human Resources Act (SHRA), cabinet agencies, and Council of State agencies.



Age Number of Employees Percent of Total State Employees
Less than 20 53 0%
20-29 10,214 12%
30-39 16,991 21%
40-49 20,847 25%
50-59 23,490 29%
60-69 9,712 12%
70 or more 752 1%
Employment Type Number of SHRA Employees Percent of Total State Employees
Full Time 59,560 98.7%
Part Time 289 0.5%
Time Limited 485 0.8%
Education Number of Employees Percent of Total State Employees
Less than High School 3,199 4%
High School Graduate 28,593 35%
Associate 8,719 11%
Bachelor 22,095 27%
Advanced Degree 9,209 11%
Certifications 401 0%
Gender Number of Employees Percent of Total State Employees
Female 43,066 52%
Male 38,990 48%
Unreported 3 0%
Job Categories Number of SHRA Employees Percent of Total State Employees
Administrative Support 5,468 9%
Agricultural, Environmental & Scientific 2,169 4%
Corrections 14,342 24%
Education & Training 638 1%
Engineering 2,853 5%
Executive 83 0%
Financial & Business Management 2,761 5%
Human Resources 658 1%
Human Services 3,258 5%
Information Communication & Media 370 1%
Information Technology 2,340 4%
Institutional Support Services 1,269 2%
Law Enforcement & Public Safety 3,367 6%
Legal 656 1%
Medical & Health 8,597 14%
Natural, Historic & Cultural Resources 615 1%
Operations & Trades 6,283 10%
Planning & Economic Development 384 1%
Program Management 3,317 5%
Safety & Inspection 908 2%
Ethnicity Number of Employees Percent of Total State Employees
African American 25,235 31%
Asian 1,923 2%
Hispanic 2,133 3%
Multinational 393 0%
Native American 1,240 2%
Pacific Islander 37 0%
White 49,143 60%
Ethnicity Not Given 1,955 2%
Years of Service Number of Employees Percent of Total State Employees
Less than 2 years 11,880 14%
2 to 4 15,136 18%
5 to 9 15,710 19%
10 to 14 12,528 15%
15 to 19 10,818 13%
20 to 29 13,642 17%
30+ 2,345 3%
Agency Number of SHRA Employees Percent of Total State Employees
Administration 454 0.7%
Agriculture 1,869 3.1%
Commerce 1,588 2.5%
Community Colleges 168 0.3%
Cosmetic Arts 23 0.0%
Elections 100 0.1%
Environmental Quality 1,462 2.5%
Health Human Services 15,583 25.8%
Information Technology 1,037 1.8%
Insurance 556 0.9%
Justice 742 1.2%
Labor 328 0.5%
Military and Veterans Affairs 99 0.2%
Natural and Cultural Resources 1,716 2.9%
Opticians 1 0.0%
Public Instruction 841 1.4%
Public Safety 21,959 36.5%
Revenue 1,312 2.2%
Secretary of State 178 0.3%
State Auditor 142 0.2%
State Budget & Management 51 0.1%
State Controller 167 0.3%
State Ethics 78 0.0%
State Human Resources 78 0.1%
State Treasurer 320 0.5%
Transportation 8,884 14.8%
Wildlife 621 1.0%
University/School Number of Employees Percent of Total State Employees
Appalachian State University 1,271 6%
Elizabeth City State University 151 1%
East Carolina University 2,079 10%
Fayetteville State University 332 2%
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University 835 4%
North Carolina Central University 536 2%
North Carolina State University 3,950 18%
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 6,452 30%
University of North Carolina-General Administration 389 1%
University of North Carolina-Asheville 303 1%
University of North Carolina-Charlotte 1,711 8%
University of North Carolina-Greensboro 1,109 5%
University of North Carolina-Pembroke 234 2%
University of North Carolina-School of the Arts 247 1%
University of North Carolina-Wilmington 1,030 5%
Western Carolina University 726 3%
Winston-Salem State University 370 2%
County Number of Employees Percent of Total State Employees
Alamance 221 0.3%
Alexander 510 0.6%
Alleghany 41 0.0%
Anson 554 0.7%
Ashe 83 0.1%
Avery 488 0.6%
Beaufort 242 0.3%
Bertie 459 0.6%
Bladen 256 0.3%
Brunswick 182 0.2%
Buncombe 2,096 2.6%
Burke 3,067 3.7%
Cabarrus 484 0.6%
Caldwell 258 0.3%
Camden 20 0.0%
Carteret 439 0.5%
Caswell 324 0.4%
Catawba 452 0.6%
Chatham 216 0.3%
Cherokee 117 0.1%
Chowan 90 0.1%
Clay 26 0.0%
Cleveland 289 0.4%
Columbus 890 1.1%
Craven 701 0.9%
Cumberland 1,008 1.2%
Currituck 68 0.1%
Dare 350 0.4%
Davidson 275 0.3%
Davie 63 0.1%
Duplin 118 0.1%
Durham 1,059 1.3%
Edgecombe 188 0.2%
Forsyth 1,319 1.6%
Franklin 263 0.3%
Gaston 276 0.3%
Gates 27 0.0%
Graham 25 0.0%
Granville 3,822 4.7%
Greene 1,054 1.3%
Guilford 2,788 3.4%
Halifax 492 0.6%
Harnett 457 0.6%
Haywood 173 0.2%
Henderson 237 0.3%
Hertford 116 0.1%
Hoke 193 0.2%
Hyde 236 0.3%
Iredell 314 0.4%
Jackson 953 1.2%
Johnston 430 0.5%
Jones 22 0.0%
Lee 182 0.2%
Lenoir 1,526 1.9%
Lincoln 160 0.2%
Macon 71 0.1%
Madison 71 0.1%
Martin 206 0.3%
McDowell 556 0.7%
Mecklenburg 2,590 3.2%
Mitchell 50 0.1%
Montgomery 320 0.4%
Moore 318 0.4%
Nash 539 0.7%
New Hanover 1,831 2.2%
Northampton 124 0.2%
Onslow 242 0.3%
Orange 6,885 8.4%
Pamlico 191 0.2%
Pasquotank 632 0.8%
Pender 355 0.4%
Perquimans 52 0.1%
Person 68 0.1%
Pitt 2,852 3.5%
Polk 41 0.0%
Randolph 569 0.7%
Richmond 372 0.5%
Robeson 961 1.2%
Rockingham 181 0.2%
Rowan 678 0.8%
Rutherford 203 0.2%
Sampson 462 0.6%
Scotland 625 0.8%
Stanly 545 0.7%
Stokes 93 0.1%
Surry 179 0.2%
Swain 45 0.1%
Transylvania 67 0.1%
Tyrrell 108 0.1%
Union 235 0.3%
Vance 139 0.2%
Wake 22,448 27.4%
Warren 342 0.4%
Washington 70 0.1%
Watauga 1,396 1.7%
Wayne 2,395 2.9%
Wilkes 352 0.4%
Wilson 784 1.0%
Yadkin 67 0.1%
Yancey 53 0.1%

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