2010 census jobs


The 2010 census is fast approaching and as usual it provides a lot of opporutunity for part-time work for people. Work begins in spring of 2009 with most hiring taking place from February through May of 2009. As I understand it the hours are pretty flexible and workers can work from 20-40 hours per week.

What do census takers do?2010 census jobs

Census takers usually work in their own neighborhoods or communities, which is convenient, and from what I have read, there are two main job opportunites…

Updating Address Lists

During the Address Canvassing operation, census takers visit all the places where people live or could live. The census taker must knock on each resident’s door and if someone answers explain that he or she is verifying the correct address for a short census questionnaire that will be mailed in 2010.

Conducting Interviews

These operations involve knocking on doors and conducting interviews with residents.

How much do census jobs pay?

The US census job page doesn’t mention a specific rate. However, after doing some more research I found a job board with a listing for 2010 census takers that indicates a wage of $11.75/hour + $.585/mile. I did see mentions of higher wages elsewhere, so my hunch is that they pay based on local standards. For instance, the cost of living is a lot higher in San Diego than it is in Tulsa, therefore they probably will be paying a lower wage in Tulsa than in San Diego.

I am not sure where the $11.75 wage falls, hopefully on the lower end, but I am not sure. Either way, I think that is still a pretty decent wage for a very easy job without a degree.

Qualifications for census taker positions

According to the census job site these are the qualifications…

  • You must be able to read, write, and speak english
  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must pass a written test of basic skills
  • You must pass a background check
  • You must commit to 4 days of paid training during the day, evening, or weekend.

How to apply for a census job

The first step is to call and schedule an appointment to take the skills test… 1-866-861-2010. You can also use this map to local your local census office directly.

Have you ever been a census taker before? If so, please tell us about it in the comments


  1. Interesting. Thanks for sharing. My wife is considering taking on a part time flexible job to supplement our income. She is a full time Mom. I wonder if dragging your kids along would be a problem…

  2. it would definitely make it more exciting 😉

  3. My husband worked for the Census bureau doing this 10 years ago. He worked for them for about 18 months to 2 years, until they got to the very last phase. The initial phase was mapping areas marking anything that could be a residence, and gathering addresses. This involved a good bit of travel in our rural area but he was reimbursed mileage, and then the pay was $10 hour plus overtime if you worked over 8 hrs a day. The overtime didn’t happen until they got close to phase deadlines and really needed to finish things up. I can’t remember all of the details but I know that after the census had mailed out the forms, one phase involved following up with those who did not fill them out and return. This was done in teams of two workers visiting houses, or calling. The goal is to have every one of the forms filled out and returned. The very last phase, which my husband opted out of, was a Census employee and a Federal Marshall that visited the homes to ensure that the papers were filled out. You just never knew what you were getting into at that point so he called it quits. He did enjoy the first phases of it and made quite good money.

    He is running his own biz now so he is not interested in participating this time around. I do know that in our area they were starting out at $12 hr and are desperately looking to recruit! One note, they say flexible hours but in reality (atleast in our experience) they wanted people who could dedicate 8 hours a day M – F to work on this project as they are on a deadline. But it is great if you just want to pickup some extra work/temporary job. Our area was broken down by county, with all the census workers meeting every morning with the supervisor/coordinator at the beginning of each shift. This supervisor was also a local person who did not have any census experience but has some sort of higher education that qualified them for a higher paying job (plus it is based on how well you do on their testing I believe) so there is an opportunity to make much higher than the starting pay I believe.

    • Aj,
      thanks for your insight – it’s good to have info like this from someone who has been through it…

  4. thankyoujesus

    I called the number listed above and they transferred me to the local area for me and they told me they have suspended everything until the Spring. So I guess they will not even speak to people until the spring.

  5. Don’t even bother. The test only takes half an hour, but you lose an additional one and a half hours of your life while other people fill out all the paperwork they should have brought with them ALREADY filled out, take the test, get a perfect score, and never hear another word. BIG waste of time!!

  6. I worked the past 2 census. I did both while holding a full time job. I worded the 1st (1990) census as an enumerator. 2000 I worked as a crew leader. Great part time job. My advise is be honest. Do not make up data. Work is spot checked. I worked alone, not paired up as another person wrote. (New Hampshire and Orlando area is where I was.) If you are uncomfortable in an area, you can request assistance. They stress safety. I plan to go for a 3rd round this year or next.

  7. This site about census taking is a Godsend (maybe even a miracle in progress for me). I am so desperate for money right now(and starving!) that doing this census job is a blessing beyond belief! I only pray to God in heaven that they hire me. If not, friends, I really don’t know where to turn or what I’m going to do next.Please pray that I get this job because if I don’t, I will probably end up homeless or worse! I’m already out of food and need money desperatly to pay for my medicine and/or rent. If anyone out there could help me please,please contact me as soon as possible, and if anyone could please lend me any kind of help (even just a few dollars), I promise to pay you back with interest, as soon as I can find a job! Thank you for taking the time to read this and for perhaps your consideration for helping me. (Just lost my job of ten years recently). Thanks again so very much, Love, Beth Batz

  8. I was a Census Follow-up Enumerator in 2000. I went to the addresses or questionable locations after the census was done. I recently called and they said the next testing wouldn’t be until later this month — but I enjoyed the work and pay.

  9. Anthony Lawrence Sanders

    I wqrked as an enumerator during the 1990 census in the city of St. Louis. As an enumerator, I worked flexible hour until the census was completed. If one does good work this could last for a while. I hope so, I could use it.

  10. Jennifer

    I would be interested in knowing what is meant by ‘flexible hours’. Can I decide what hours and what days (so long as I am getting to all addresses/people as required) or will I be instructed what days and hours I will have to work? I have been hired and I am trying to plan out childcare. Thanks!

  11. I have training on the 30th of this month. I am trained for 5 days which are paid. My job title is a census enumerator. I see that during the spring of 2009 it will be Address Canvassing. So is that what I will be doing? So will I just be handing out forms? They said that it will least for 8 weeks. If I do a good job will they ask me to go outside of my area? What will happen after the 8 weeks?



  13. Sue Nixon

    I am wanting to work for the census bureau again I worked fot them in 2000 as a enumerator. And found it it be interesting wok and hope to get to once again. I am trying to find out if I must test again and just what are where I need to go to find out.

  14. To Sue Nixon: Yes you must test again. They are still hiring from now until 2010 so you have time. There is different stages of the Census. I am currently working for them. I was first hired as a recruiter and I finished and than they have me as a taker. My job I have in my area will last for at least 4-5 month because we are short on people. :-) OVER TIMEEE!!! Go to the website and give them a call they will tell you when and where the next testing nearest to you.

  15. Census Lister

    Currently, the first phase is only lasting 2 weeks, not the anticipated 6 – 12. A lot of people will be out of work as of this week. Very disappointing.

  16. Lister

    I just finished working for the 2010 Census.
    My title was “enumerator”, doing “listing”.
    For approximately 8 weeks we walked around our community and checked addressess “on the ground” versus addresses in the database. This year we were all given PDAs with lists of addresses to verify. I’m sure this was MUCH better than the old paper days. We even were able to submit our payrol electronically. Way to go Census!
    Southern California area pay was $17 an hour, yes it varies by location.
    Was told initially that minimum hours were 20, max 40.
    NO OVERTIME. They stressed this repeatedly. You would be fired for any overtime you tried to bill.
    I was assigned more work than some others, either because I was a decent worker (efficient, minimal “errors”), or because I was willing to work the 40 hours per week.
    All in all, was nice to have the work, especially in these times, and pay was very decent for the ease of the job.
    We are in limbo now…no idea what will happen for “next phase”.

    Was told that once Obama started trying to get everyone back to work, the Census was told to hire as many people as it could. It did, which meant that those hired went to the 4-5 days of training, and then most just had to sit and wait for work that never came. Too many folks hired.

    Good luck to you all…if I get into another phase, I’ll re-post….

  17. I just finished 6 weeks of address canvassing. We just turned in our gear. Does anyone have any details of future phases besides Non-Response Followup?

  18. Steve Fischer

    I worked as a crew leader for the 2010 census in rural Iowa. When I took the job they said it would take to the middle of June to complete the address canvassing. We were done by May 11. I worked for about 6 weeks, but the canvassers only worked 4 weeks including training.

    I enjoyed working with my people, but the state office was either incompetent or very disorganized. At times doing the field test on the new hand held computer was fun, but at the same time it had many issues that caused major problems (very costly). The training that I got was poor, but since I have been a teacher most of my life I was able to take their rediculous manual and make it work.

    I took issue with their quality control several times as they got the exact same training I got.

    If I get a call for the 2nd faze, will I go? I haven’t decided, If I’m assigned a crew then maybe yes. The pay is the same as in 2000 $12 an hour. I got a little more as a crew leader. I made most of my money in mileage $.55 a mile, since I had 3 counties to cover.

    Towards the end they promised that they would find more work, they didn’t. Later I found out that other states were way behind. I had told them I would go where ever they need help.

    As far as taking the test, I found that they were very inconsistant in getting the times and sites out to the public. After you take the test and pass, (you need a high score), then just call them once a week and with luck you’ll get a right answer.

  19. Anna Young

    I took the test and passed, how can I find out about employment?

  20. Willona Morris

    I participated in the 2000 Census and would like to participate for 2010. How would I go about doing this?

  21. Instructions for those interested in Census jobs…..: Go to http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/
    Hiring is based on three factors 1) Where you live 2) Test Score 3) Veteran’s preference. Workers are needed in nearly every geographic area. If many people apply for jobs in your same area, then the difference will come down to TEST SCORE. Veteran’s receive extra points toward their score and a disabled vet will receive even more points. TAKE THE PRACTICE TEST at the website listed above until you can ace it. Then schedule your time to take the actual test by calling the phone number also listed in the website above. Many people aren’t being hired because they’ve scored 80-90% on the test and they think this is good. A vet with the same score will beat you out every time. You need a 100% to increase your chances.

  22. Judy/Robeson County

    I worked the 2000 Census.Very rewarding. I met so real nice people and some nasty mouth people. I treated everybody with a kind word. I was a Crew Leader.I had nice people who worked under me. One of the hardest worker I had died three years ago. I never had to go out to do her work because she approached people in a nice way. I would love to be a crew leader this year. GOD is goooooood !

  23. richard e lucchesi

    worked the 2000 census in and around ashland and mechanicsville va. great people work and pay . hope i can join the team for the 2010 census

  24. I worked on the 2000 census and found the job to be both easy and challenging. Too bad the government wastes money on tracking down morons who can’t fill out a form, but, I also had to note when a house was abandon or burned down or otherwise not there anymore. I have a different job now with different hours, or I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  25. Alice Brown

    I was an enumerator in 2000 in Maryland. It was an awesome way to earn extra income. Paychecks were very timely. A very important part of being an enumerator was the fact that I had the choice to decline going to homes that posed a safety issue. Cencus is the way to go and I would do it again in a heartbeat>

  26. I’m assuming that you have to come off of unemployment if you actually get
    a job with the census. When you do, and it’s for just a short time, is it worth it?
    Trying to get reassigned to unemployment pay afterwards may be a big delay and I don’t know if you can count on it. Not finding a job during or immediately after the census job will mean being in this position. Anyone have any experience with this issue? Also, does the clock start over for unemployment or does it pick up where it left off? One more thing…I wouldn’t think the census offers benefits. If your on COBRA does that get effected while working? I’m hoping to hear from someone who has experienced this since there is only one phone number for the state of California for unemployment and I’ve never gotten through to ask a question. Thanks.

  27. LFChandler

    I took the test. Rcvda call that I passed but have not rcvda call as to when I may start. Looking online is just to take the test. What is the next step?

  28. ADeguzman

    Is it true that if you are only permanent resident (INS status) you cant be eligible on this job?

  29. jean kelly

    to Beth Batz,

    Please contact asap! we had a computer crash and still have not recovered all info.
    Jean K and Tom

  30. A. MELCHER

    Please contact me! Just found this website today, or would’ve contacted u sooner. Don’t have much money, but I have exp. applying 4 & receiving gov’t help (food stamps, pay utility bills, SSI & Medicaid 4 my profoundly mentally handicapped daughter).
    I need this Census job. Adult Protection, OCDD, a Medicaid Provider Co. & Case Mgmt Agency took my profoundly mentally handicapped (mind of a baby) 21 y/o from me. LIES were told to & about me b/f, in, & after court. The PCA knew she would NOT have a job if I switched co. I just found a STAY AWAY ORDER on her & DOMESTIC ABUSE/BATTERY she did on a Physically Handicapped man, who CAN talk! What will she do with my child, who canNOT talk! She warned them I would be represented by Legal Aid for FREE, so OCDD blocked me by retaining them! Then they got the Advocacy Center to represent my child against me, blocking me using them! All I needed was a Good, Free Attorney & a Continuance.

    Thanks, A. Melcher

  31. Lucinda Nazelrod

    I also had the pleasure of enumerating for the 2000 Census out here in the beautiful Mojave National Preserve. I put alot of miles on my truck that Census, but I loved every mile. I hope to be part of the 2010 Census, it is such a great way to truly get to know the area and the people who live there !

  32. phillybred

    I live in Brown Summit NC (north of Greensboro) . our starting rate for a Census taker is $13.50/hr and .50 for mileage…..there are also other positions …clerical and supervisors eith differnt rates….clerical pay is around $10/hr…..varies according to region Charlottte NC is $18.50/hr….I took the test this morning…28 questions need to get 10 correct to pass ….
    70%….There is a practice test on line which is helpful… If you are not happy with your score you may retake smany times until mid Feb. but only once a day ..I scored in the high 90’s…30 mintues is alloted for the test….the application and I -9 are online and may be completed before you arrive for
    the test…..The recruiter will go over to make sure everything is ok so the paperwork is not rejected….It was mot a wste of time amd time went quickly……the hours a re flexible you make work 20 hrs or 40. also you need not work 8 hrsstraight in a day…you make work a couple hrs in the am and go back out in the afternoon or evening….There is lor of info on line and the recuiter at the testing center was helpful…..good way to make some money
    or supplement your income.. oh payday is every Wednesday and direct depost is the preferred way….but is not mandatory… hopes this helps someone……

  33. I worked as a crew leader/classroom trainer in the 2000 census. I scored 29 out of 30 on the test and worked in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The test is fairly easy, and less than 50% was considered passing. Only 1 student I tested was refused employment because of a very low score. The job lasted about 6 months and paid $12.50 per hour. Wages are higher for 2010. When training was finished, I spent time on follow-up for missing forms. I have a great tutor job but am considering part-time as a census worker. Training was 2-1/2 days
    in 2000. With only a short form, I am surprised that 4 days of training are needed for 2010. I encourage people to look into census work for extra income. This is important work for allocation of funds, # of Congressional representatives, etc. and also a very fulfilling job.

  34. Good read. This is the best forum on the web I have seen. It also comes up high on the google search.
    I want to thank everyone in particular AJ for her insight.

  35. I notice many people say “I took it and a few weeks later begin training” but testing has been ongoing, so: Does anyone remember when they actually started working?
    I took the test 1/22/2010. Some sites say ‘end of march’ others say ‘began in february’. Just curious if there’s any norm to this at all.
    And when they called you and offered you the job, how many days after did you go in for training?
    I got the first phonecall to check on my schedule and give me my test results (which were good).

  36. amethystlady2

    To John, first…if you have been hired, have you been to training yet? It doesn’t sound like it with all of the questions. When I worked the 1980 Census, all I did was drive around and locate addresses…that is possibly how you will start…then you will go to see the people who didn’t send in the forms, which are MAILED to every home, you don’t “deliver forms”…and after that, I don’t know..I was unemployed at the time I did that work, and it paid really well…had been laid off, but in 1980 we were in pretty good shape financially…if you go as an enumerator, they want you to have someone go with you, mostly to keep you safe, and from what our sheriff’s department has said in an email, the census takers do NOT enter any house…

    If you have been hired, they won’t start doing any work until March…I just took the test again tonight, and passed…you only have to get 10 right…its not a difficult test…just very intense as you only have 30 minutes – 28 questions…and you have to read, and sometimes just guess at the right answer or you will be stuck on the test forever and take a chance on not finishing it…I am hoping to be hired as it was a great way to earn some extra income for our upcoming property taxes…But the test really is not a difficult test…I would go for it for anyone who is hesitant…and I haven’t heard of any suspension here…I would reapply or call that number again and when they call you, set up an exam time…

    It is NOT a waste of time…its great being a part of history…

  37. amethystlady2

    I do recall thinking about applying some time in 2009, but I think I did hear something about stopping for a while…but they are back advertising…and it took very little time to fill out the paperwork at the testing site…the test giver was VERY nice, and helpful, and there was no rush – I printed my app off on line…took it in filled out, and forgot to take the I-9 with me, but that took only a second or two to fill out…

    The word tonight, and which I had heard recently, is the forms will be mailed out in March…but they may, and this is MY thinking, start to train people before March…then they plan to go into June to finish up…

    They are all temporary jobs, but to the person on unemployment, you might want to try to get into your unemployment office and discuss what will/might happen if you take this temporary job…but by ALL means, call them up and schedule a test…you never know what other type of job opportunity might pop up if you get out there among the people…even other people working for the Census…I wouldn’t hold off just because I couldn’t get an answer at the unemployment office…

    Its fun…and like I said, good to be a part of history, and its also great to increase your representation in Congress…(if possible)…I say, DO IT!

  38. amethystlady2

    Bjorn, I would not think taking your kids along would be very helpful in getting accurate information while keeping an eye on your kids…but it IS a great TEMPORARY part-time job for a full-time mom…and it would be great for her to have some time away from the kids for a few hours…needn’t be every day…

    You never know what you might run into going from house to house, so IF you don’t think you can find a baby sitter to watch the kids, maybe you can find a baby sitter who would be willing to go along with your wife so she could do the work? That still isn’t giving her time away from the kids, which is in no way saying that is a bad thing, but at least there would be someone with her to help her out and take the pressure off of her while she does the job…

    By all means, have her apply…she will enjoy it, and I’m sure you all would enjoy the extra income…this is really flexible…you can work 4 hours in the day, 4 in the afternoon, or 4 at night…until 9pm…so there is a lot of flexibility…

    How old are your kids, and how many are there…???? If they are a little older than below 5, they might be a help to your wife too…I would still encourage her to contact the Census and then set up a test time and take the online practice test b4 she goes…YES! DO IT!

  39. Hey all, for those who have worked on the census before, do you have to take a drug test for employment?

  40. amethystlady2

    I didn’t, in 1984, but you possibly could these days…they can find out what drugs you have taken in years past by just a few strands of hair…there was no mention of a drug test, just a thorough background check…

  41. I took the test on February 3, 2010 and I received a call on February 8, 2010. I start my job training as an office clerk on March 16, 2010, which means I have to miss a couple of classes but I have been unemployed for almost two years, so I really need the money. Oh, I was told that I was hired instantly because I’m fluent in Korean. It really helps because the area I live has ALOT of Koreans that don’t speak or understand much English!! Thanks to me, all those Koreans will be counted in the 2010 Census, hehe!!

  42. So I took the test today and I scored 100. I also am partially fluent in Spanish and after speaking w/ the test giver she said that I should put Spanish down. So I’m very confident that I will be getting a position with the census. Jennifer, if you see this and don’t mind me asking, what did you score? Do you know? Thanks!

  43. i took the test last week and got 20 out of 28
    today i found out i need to leave the country for family reasons in april ! can i leave and return to the job????

  44. This does look like a good part time job. Just took a tour of the 2010.census.gov website and found that they publish the starting rates. Yay! The “Local Census Office Map” page shows a range of hourly rates: San Francisco starts at 22/hr, while more rural places, like Eureka start at 11.50/hr.

  45. My son was phoned about 2 weeks ago and they said someone had dropped out and did he want to take that persons place- they said get up to the state capital pronto <Next day he was in the 4 day learning process and was hired on as a Quality control (coordinator?) He has a BA degree from 20 years ago in computers so I guess that helped some? Anyway hewas put up in a hotel for 3 nights and sent back home with a cab-full of equiptment and papers forms etc. He will train a crew of QC people to work in this area. I think he is a QC supervisor of Several qc crews in the area. I told him he reminded me of a" 90 day wonder "A frsh new shavetail lieutenant that somehow was supposed to know everything and checkup on a company of real "grunts" He did'nt take too kindly about that but I am entitled lol. Anyway he said hopefully he will have good crews and he won't need to know everything immediately. I guess really all he does is assign work areas and just process his QC teams reports and shuffle them higher up. ANYWAY they are still hiring and this is my story–the end

  46. Personally, anyone who comes to my door asking personal information will get it closed in their face. Everyone needs to review the constitution since most of the 2010 questions are invasive and none of anyone’s business – especially the government. I wouldn’t give answers to strangers, and that’s exactly what census takers are: strangers trespassing on my property. I understand people needing the extra cash for a temporary job, but think about what you are asking. The only thing the government needs to know is how many residents are in the home. That’s it.

  47. amethystlady2

    Alison, please let us all in on the exact troublesome questions you refer to. I am very interested in knowing what you perceive these questions to be…

    And no one will even ask to come in your house…they are not allowed to…and personally, I wouldn’t want to approach your house…

    Probably armed !

  48. I just took the test today. Rochester MN. They said to look for phone interviews in the beginning of March. I scored a 22. I hope I get in. really could use the money.

  49. $18.75 in my area.
    What is BAD about being a census taker? Are a lot of people ugly?
    What qualifications do you needed for the other things – ie. Clerk, Leader?
    I have a business degree, but haven’t worked in 15 years, am 43, but have never done this before!

  50. I’ve heard you have to ask people their INCOMES –
    Is that true?
    IF it is – do they HAVE to tell you?

  51. I’m took the test in St. Louis in February and scored a 26. I haven’t received a call. Has anyone elese been contacted in March concerning a position?

  52. No I got a 27 and I still have heard nothing.

  53. I took the test in late December, scored at 28. I got the call today for a 4 to 8 week job, 20 to 40 hours a week. As for the woman on unemployment, I would review the CA online handbook. My state, Colorado, allows 3 weeks of consectutive work either over 31 hours or earnings over maximum benefit. On the 4th week, the claimant gets dropped from the system and will need reactivate. You’ll need to wait again.

  54. amethystlady2

    I read the 10 questions somewhere…I will go hunt them down and post them here…I believe they were in an email our county sheriff sent out that warned of those pretending to be census takers…

    He published the 10 questions….no social security numbers, etc…but if your income is asked, it could be like when you answer one of those polls online after you shopped somewhere…

    But let me find those questions first.

  55. http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/interactive-form.php

    The link above shows the 10 questions.

  56. melinda jones

    i had a interview with yall during the month of feburary it were for that saturday but
    i didn;t get a chance to come emericies came up and i didn;t know where to call. so i
    didn;t get a chance to take the test.so i just forgot it. until i look it up on my compurter i just purchase.i would love to try it again if possible.just tell me where on
    line to take the pre test. think melinda jones.

  57. They stopped hiring in my area so I am going to test in the next county over. I have lived in that county for over 15 years and I currently work there but my house is just over the county line so I am giving them my mother’s address so then so I have to move in with my mother to work in the county that is hiring, pays better and I know so well?

  58. MrSandman

    Took the test in early Feb….. finally got called four weeks later. Was given a short over the phone, government question and answer interview… and Welcomed to the Team. Have to report for training on March 25th-26th. right in town. Told to bring my bank address and routing number for direct deposit.. dress semi-business attire. And that’s it. Oh, scored 26 out of 28. (No Military service either). Speak and write two languages, that must have been the “three point conversion”. Filled willing to work “Any ” in days section. On another NOTE:

    Just heard all that ‘rant’ you gave about the “Constitution” and right to privacy… and I have to AGREE ! It was reported on the radio on one of the talk shows “G B” and it made me cringe to hear it… I had no idea it was such a Sore Issue. If I have to think about it too much, I would probably call back and turn down the training, because of what I heard.. things like ….
    “It’s not Constitutional”.. “There is a $5,ooo fine for failure to report, but its never been implemented”… yadda, yadda, yadda. “It was fine to do ten years ago, (2000) but not this TIME AROUND” or ” The Government is EVIL… don’t tell them anything”. blah, blah, blah…..)
    I couldn’t stand it anymore, and just changed the station. It did, however, make me so damn angry, that I made a nice list of questions to ask the Trainers during training breaks…. Who knows, I just might have my 15 minutes of fame YET :o) I will be the “CrAzY man who started a big riot in my city with all the local TV stations vying for camera angle shots…. to film me Dangling from the City Hall flag pole with a big ‘Ole sign on my head ,…saying… ( well, you can all chime in here with your own slogan or phrase ) .
    Irregardless, there will always be those who are for and against even the Sunshine or the Clouds in the Sky!!

  59. amethystlady2

    hahahaha….Alison….LOVED what you wrote…now why, I wonder, was it “ok in 2000, but not now”????? Hummmmmmmmmmmm…..?????

  60. lyndsey

    Okay so I have my 4 day training starting on tuesday. They never told me what I should wear…it is after all just training, can i just wear jeans and a nice t-shirt/sweater???? and what exactly goes on in this 36hrs of training??? srsly that’s a long prepping time for 10 questions, hh computer info and telling me i’ll probably get yelled at by half of the ppl i talk to.

  61. MrSandman

    @amethystlady2 QUOTE:
    “hahahaha….Alison….LOVED what you wrote…now why, I wonder, was it “ok in 2000, but not now”????? Hummmmmmmmmmmm…..?????”
    end quote/

    Something to do with the Gov’t getting Socialist and wanting to take away everyone’s freedom and Big Brother blah, blah, blah,,, all over again.
    Apparently , there is more of a paranoia goin’ on this time ’round. I will ask the instructors if I will be allow to carry my concealed weapon or not… Seems like a valid question , and I carry it “legally” in my State anyway. I would feel “awkward” leaving it way back over there in the car…. and many have shotguns in the homes…. and can threaten to blast me for trespassing onto their porch… that reminds me of another question…
    ” Question number 158, Mr. Gov’t C. Trainer ”
    “Will you guys be issuing us a ‘bull-horn’ ( you know , like the ones the cops use in those hostage movies ?) ” Or do we have to bring our own?”
    “It’s far safer to ask from just outside Joe Public’s white picket fence…. then to come up so close to him, right there at his front door… If he says , ‘Sure come on in’…. then at least I still have his permission to enter onto the property…. and not in violation if invited.
    However, …… if he gets ‘Nasty’ it will be a lot easier on the two of us… before any blastin’ starts. What’s the Training on Cover YOUR ASS ?”
    ( Oops, I am getting ahead of myself..that’s question # 159.)

  62. amethystlady2

    To Melinda Jones;

    Go to http://www.census.gov and ask your questions there…or get the test there and the phone number to call.

    This is just a message board a nice man put here for people who want to work for, have worked for, or are already working for, the Census.

    And we got our form today…it has 10 questions…and asks how many people live in this house. If you scroll up here, “M” has posted the link to the 10 questions…they are easy questions….nothing about salary, no social security #’s, no bank account #’s, etc….they DO NOT ask for any of that…if someone comes to your house and asks you that, report them to the local authorities immediately….they are more than likely imposters trying to get your personal info for identity theft…

    All census workers will be badged, carry a special bag, a clipboard, ID, etc. And they usually aren’t out there coming to your house until AFTER the census forms have been mailed and you didn’t fill it out and send it back. THAT is when they will come to your house….or they will call you first…

    And I was wrong about them never delivering census forms…the rural areas all have their census forms hand-delivered.

  63. lyndsey, nice jeans & sweater should be fine. (anything you’d wear for Casual Friday at an office. I woudn’t wear a T or flipflops.) 36 hours of training is not all that much. I had 2 wks last year. Keep in mind not everyone is proficient on a computer so they may need to be trained on the HH and the application both.
    The first day will be a lot of admin info. ID, setting up direct deposit, fingerprinting, etc. There’s really a lot to learn- a LOT of policy involved, especially privacy laws- those are hit long and hard. They are very strict about that and discussing anyone’s personal info is grounds for immediate dismissal and in some cases, prosecution. I know of one such case where both happened. This job is fairly involved and accuracy and personal integrity are of the highest importance.

  64. I was hired for the UL operation and we finished early. While the job was supposed to last till the end of March, we had 3 days of training, about 9 days of actual work and it was over my March 8. The funny/sad part is that the job was over before I even received my first paycheck. I was told by my crew leader / FOS that we will be assigned work in the next upcoming weeks.

    However, I just talked to my crew leader the other day and she said chances are we wont start up again till we train for the next phase. She said her training is the 2nd week of April and then we would train shortly after.

    My question is, do I automatically get rehired for the next phase (Nonrespnse) or do I have to get a call from the local or regional office?

    I think my crew leader is under the assumption that she will have the same crew but who knows. The communication between crew leaders / FOS’s and local office management and regional office is absoultly horrific.

    ALSO for those starting training this week, do you all live more in a city or rural environment?

  65. Since I have not heard anything after taking the test in February, is it safe to assume that I will not receive a job offer?

  66. I live in urban St. Louis.

  67. amethystlady2

    I doubt y0u should give up and keep waiting for a phone call. It can still happen. I took my test in Feb as well. Some of the people who have posted here have bilingual skills…

    I don’t know why or how anyone can listen to “GB” and seriously believe him!

  68. I took my test the 16th of February and got a perfect score- no veterans’ bonus. I was called today and offered the position of guest quarters enumerator or something like that. Basically instead of going door to door, I’ll be going to nursing homes, assisted living, prisons, boarding schools, etc. places like that to collect that census data. Alot safer than dealing with overzealous privacy and 1st amendment homeowners who don’t want federal employees standing on their porch :) I start training next Thursday the 25th. $17.75/hour, in Delaware County a suburb of Philadelphia. Also $.50/ mile for gas reimbursement, hopefully since I’ll be driving to actual locations and not just walking up and down streets that’ll mean more driving = more mileage reimbursement. Fingers crossed :)

  69. Oh forgot to add that I was told the job should last about 8 weeks average. Good $ for relatively easy work! :)

  70. Theresa

    Hey Guys, I took that census test in Februray and never thought much about it. They called and want me to be a crew leader with training in a few weeks. They said they will tell me where to show up for training. No Interview? No Drug Test? NO Attire requirement Specified? Just bring two bank deposit slips and two forms of ID. Seems a little backward?

  71. I took the test about 3 weeks ago and got a 26 (non vet ).
    I really hope I get hired, because I live in Alaska and would get $25 an hour (thats the most anywhere in the country).

  72. Michael

    I also got a 26 (non-vet) and haven’t heard anything yet. I live in St. Louis, Missouri.

  73. Had my 1st day of guest quarters enumerator training. Our first phase is Monday-Wed of next week going to shelters, soup kitchens, and tent cities. Then next Thursday the next phase begins which is prisons, hospitals, dorms, convents, etc. There was a short Q&A session w/ somebody w/ a 4 letter acronym for a job title and he said that thanks to the economy there is a large pool of applicants this year and as a result they haven’t had to go below a 95 test score to hire people. He said that in 2000, they went as low as the mid 70s. So the advice is for anyone who didn’t score in the 90s you should definitely retake the test, you can take it as many times as possible and they only count the highest score. This is in the Philadelphia suburbs btw.

  74. I begin my training in april. I was selected as a crew leader. Anyone who has been an enumerator or crew leader in the 2010 census, were you drug tested at all during training or ever? I really appreciate the input. Thanks!

  75. Nope, no drug testing. That would probably be too much of an expense for a temporary job.

  76. Shirley

    I took the test in January. I just received a call today for enumerator job. It will pay $15.00 per hour and 50 cents per mile. My training is April 26-30-I was told 8 wks of work

    I am soooooo excited and ready to get som work even if it is only part time

  77. Michael

    Congratulations, Shirley.

  78. amethystlady2

    Ours has already been filled out and mailed back. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for the government to be wasting all that mail telling us about the census, then getting a post card to follow up with that, then a post card from our Representative, then the Census itself…and mailing it back doesn’t cost us a penny….If I had a dollar for every Census mailed and mailed back, PLUS the letter and the post card reminders, I would probably be very very rich…lol…

    But there were no horrible questions on the form…and they didn’t ask for anyone’s SS number, checking account number, savings account number, no credit card or debit card numbers…….NOTHING like that…your address, phone #, name and date of birth….you fill more than that out when you order something online….

    I guess maybe I should ask to retest and see if I can’t get hired for a few months at least…would help build up my Social Security a little bit more…

    Having been a government employee, I am penalized for having worked for the government, and not paying into SS while I worked for them….about 26 years worth….includes one school job….one State job, two City and one County job…

    However, all government employees are penalized on the money (tax) we paid INTO SS long before we started to work for any government….in that respect, I worked for an airline, a supermarket, an insurance company—all private company jobs…the penalty I am talking about takes away all of that past private sector payment into SS, and even takes it away from my husband…in other words, neither of us can collect on the other’s survivor’s benefits or the other’s SS benefits….

    There are bills in the Congress, that have been sitting in committee for the last year, named the Soclial Security Fairness Act….to repeal these unfair bills called the GPO (Government Pension Offset) and the WEP (Windfall Elimination Provision). As of this date, my Soc. Sec. check is $112 per month…after Medicare…these offsets include teachers, police and fire employees, and even library employees. And remember, they are penalizing us for the money we have PAID INTO Social Security.

    Sorry, just getting this out to everyone…

  79. amethystlady2

    By the way, many congrats, Shirley….maybe there is still hope…I took the test in Feb. (I think it was.)

  80. amethystlady2

    Not at all, Theresa….congrats on getting a job…

    It is a fun thing to do, and even a patriotic thing to do….PLUS you get paid very well for it, considering how few jobs are available…

  81. I just got a call back yesterday to come at the ende of April and take a 5 day training course. I’m from Ohio, how long should I expect to work and how often? Also, I take a week vacation, will they allow this? Or will they fire me? I can always postpone the vacation.

  82. Chris- there’s no easy answer to your question. There are too many variables, such as what assignments are available in your area, how many crews have been hired, etc. There just no way of knowing.
    When initally called/hired we were told to be available for 40 hours a week for 8 weeks, including weekends & evenings. After training, we were told it would be more like 30-32 hrs a wk and possibly only 1-2 weeks for the current assignment we were given. We were also told other assignments MAY be available in weeks & months to come (but no promises of work). Some people on our current crew had previous committments (time-wise: weddings, dr. appts, etc) and that was taken into consideration with no problems.
    Your crew is given an assignment & told to do it within a specific block of time, for instance, one week. It doesnt matter if your crew completes the assignment in 3 ten hour days or 5 seven hour days, or seven days, as long as it’s done accurately and completely, so in a sense your crew can set it’s own work hours. We were told overtime is a big no-no. Dont even say the word.
    Personally, I dont think taking a week vacation would be a good idea, but keep in mind- each assignment may not span over more than 7-10 days & then you’ll have time off in which to take your leave. Talk to your crew leader. He/She will be your new best friend and can help you with any time constraints you may have.

  83. Who Cares

    It’s April 1st. If I haven’t gotten a call for training yet should I assume I’m not getting a job?

  84. don wofford

    One simple question how much does a census worker make in the state of Misssouri? Can i get an answer?

  85. For Don W:
    A google search of “missouri census jobs pay” showed MO census hourly wages ranging from 10.00 in Cape Girardeau to 17.00 in St Louis.
    Try the search yourself to find your local wage

  86. Has anybody from the Freehold, NJ area received a call yet informing them that they have received a job?

  87. DON:

    I took the test in February in NY State (not city). I got 6 wrong and have supervisory experience. I received the call on Good Friday I am a Crew Leader Supervisor which means I train the census takers and supervise them and their payrole etc. Training is three 8 hour days beginning April 12 for $16 per hour and $17.50 for being a Supervisor.
    Each demographic is different based on all sorts of information…hence…census importance.
    My 21 year old niece and nephew just took the test today in NJ and each only received one wrong. Their counties starting pay for census takers is $18.75 an hours. NOT TOO SHABBY.
    I will repost after I train. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!

  88. Hi Jane,

    I took the test in Freehold, NJ and got a 26 a month ago. I am 57 years old and also have supervisory experience. I need the job badly!

    The problem is that if they call you to offer you a job and you are not able to answer the phone, you will probably not get any job. The Census hiring staff will leave some type of message on your voice mail, , but there is no guarantee that when you call them back, the job will still be available. And I am talking about even when you call them back within an hour or so! I spoke to them on the phone about this ridiculousness.

    I personally think that is entirely disgusting. What do you think?

  89. S.M.2010

    Hi everyone! I thought I’d share my census experience since everyone seems to be looking for answers.
    I took the exam on February 2nd and scored 27 out of 28. I was a manager for 2+ years and that was mentioned on my application. I also came to the testing site with my forms printed out and completed, so I definitely did the whole waiting game. I am NOT fluent in any other language than English and I have no military experience.
    Fast forward to March 27th….I FINALLY got a call (that I missed) from the census asking to update my profile and check my availability. I called back within 5 minutes (I had heard that you could lose the job offer within minutes). They conducted an interview over the phone (able to walk up steps? available nights/weekends/days/40hrs?, etc) and then officially offered me a Crew Leader position at the end of the phone call. I accepted, of course. Training begins in the middle of this month (April). I was told to bring 2 forms of I.D. and a voided check for direct deposit. They told me to dress “business casual” (no jeans, flip flops, etc). Oh, and they “warned” me that I’d be fingerprinted (don’t see what the big deal is about that…I have nothing to hide).
    I have a feeling that enumerators will be hired in my California area soon…they probably hired the Crew Leaders first so that they can train us and have us prepared to train enumerators.
    Good luck to everyone! Hope you all get hired and have a wonderful week!


  90. I hear others asking questions. I did get a 27 of 28 on the census test. I do have 25 years management experience. I was called on 4/6 and offered a job as enumerator as opposed to a manager. Training starts 4/27 and lasts 4 days 9 to 5. Training is in the next county but they pay time and mileage (50 cents). To be offered the job you must answer yes to a series of questions. Work is 30 to 40 hours per week. Mileage is 50 cents per mile (I wonder if they will pay me to ride my bike, blades, or horse). The job will last about 8 weeks.

  91. Hi guys,

    Anymore hear anything from NJ? More specifically Central Jersey?

    Later and good luck all,


  92. I took the test today & got 11 out of 28 correct. I WONT be hired & im really as dumb as dirt. SAD!

  93. Just another girl

    Got a call from the Census last week.

    March 30, 2010. I’m a previous employee, that started working for the Census last February 2009, took the test then, it lasted only 8 weeks. Had not worked for them since then. Hated it, it was cold, and I did a lot of walking.

    Didn’t bother to apply this years, nor take the new test, as I’m on unemployment benefits, and I’m looking for long term work only, yet they called anyway, and since I don’t want to turn work down, I took the job.

    I’m told it will last 8 weeks and pay 13.25 an hour.

    I live in Washington State in Kitsap county.

  94. Melinda

    I received a call on April 8 2010. I took the test in March 2009 and got two wrong. I called and asked them and they said that was a great score and I didn’t need to worry.I waited a long time to hear back. I am excited they called since I work a part time job and need the extra money. I have no idea what I will be doing though! Pay is 11.75 and hour and 25 hours a week during the daytime hours I beleive that is what she said on the phone. I go to training on April 22, 28,29 and 30. I live by Spokane, Washington.

  95. Brooklyn Girl

    Took the test in February — got one question wrong. Was called and did a 3-day training at the end of March. Only worked one day and was told the project was over, and the next projects require separate training.
    Has anyone been called for the April training in Brooklyn NY??

  96. Census Newbie

    Hi–does anyone know how you become a crew leader? I have been hired in NA, SC for enumerator training, but am curious about supervisory roles.

  97. Enumerator

    Hello I was recently hired as an enumerator and my training is 4 days long starting on the 27th. I know on the first day everyone is going to be fingerprinted but will there be drug testing?

  98. Julie in Idaho

    I got a Census job (after scoring 100% on the test many weeks ago) and look forward to earning some badly needed money. Here’s my question: Does anyone know when Census employees get paid? If I train April 21 and 26-29, when can I expect my first pay?
    Thanks, and good luck everyone.

  99. MrSandman

    Hey Brooklyn Girl,

    There are a bunch of us, who were called early for Group Quarters enumerating, …. problem is there was too many of us and too few jobs to go around….so everyone got a whopping three or four days of work… In three weeks time. Now everyone is desperately waiting to be re-hired for the next phase of NRFU ( non-response follow up ). Everyone is needing those 30-40 hrs. of work to make up for the wasted time we spent……. just making an hour a day.. ( going to Crew Leader meetings ). If this is the White House idea of creating jobs…..they sure pull a fast one on us. We should have at least been called for work that was steady, however brief. We are given a false hope of security that we “may” also be called for the April 27th training, but many just can’t trust the powers that be to carry us over. I am going back to school to train for a real career. Those lucky enough this phase around will see many 30 hrs+ a week as the turn out is expected to be high in the NON-response category of those who did not mail in their census forms.

  100. Julie in Idaho- I recommend direct deposit- so does Census- they say it’s (maybe a day or 2) faster than getting a paper check.

    payday is every Wednesday BUT there is an 11 day gap for payroll processing. The pay period is from Sunday thru Saturday. You get paid for that week 11 days from that Saturday.

    If you work on 4/21 that pay period ends on Sat 4/24. You’ll get paid for that day (or for any/all time worked in that pay period) 11 days from Saturday: Weds, May 5th.

    If you work 4/26-29, that pay period ends on Sat 5/1. You’ll get paid for those days (or for any/all time worked in that pay period) 11 days from that Saturday: Weds. May 12

    Hope that helps. TIP: MAKE SURE YOU KEEP a list of your own hours/miles seperately from the daily pay sheet (called a 308) you turn in
    (make a copy or start a daily list) because until you get your paysheet carbon returned to you by the crew leader, (which can be several days) you have no record of your hours… so keep track! It’s imperative. 308s can get lost so it’s up to you to know your information.


  101. Julie in Idaho

    Bev, that is all very helpful info. Thanks very much!

  102. JayLene

    Well, they are still hiring in PA. I just got a call asking if I wanted a job at $11.75. Wait, I said. During testing phase and on the site it said $15.75. Apparently they go by zip code and county or something and mine is the lesser amount. He explained that I should look at the job for Enumerator (and later during other questions he read what that job entailed) but that I would be doing Quality Control. I asked him what he thought this Quality Control might entail. He said he thought maybe it meant that I would go out after others and check to see if they were accurate (or something like that). Told him that was kind of what I thought. When he finished the questions, including the fingerprinting one, he asked if I wanted the job. Yes, I say. My training is to be May 3-5 for about 8 hours (whew) and if it still looks good I will do it. I’ve just started searching the internet about what the duties are but so far I am unsuccessful. So, hang in there people hiring is still happening some places anyhow. Oh, I took my test about 3 weeks ago.

    Good luck all

  103. I have never heard of anyone, anywhere, anytime being drug tested for a census job. Having said that, the job does require a clear head and good concentration. :)

  104. Quality Control is just what you think it is. You’ll train with other enumerators. You’ll do exactly the same thing they’re doing-only it will already have been done once by someone else. If you read back over some of these posts you’ll see there are many different Enumerator assignments: Group Quarters, NRFU, etc. No point in trying to guess what yours will be. You won’t know anything about your assignment until you start training- and even then it can change in a blink of an eye. Jobs can be finished in 2 days when they were expected to last for 8. Nothing’s written in stone. It can be frustrating if you aren’t prepared to just go with the flow.

  105. In SoCal they seem to be getting up and running. A large group of us are starting training April 27th thru the 30th. My lingering question, I’m currently on unemployment and just started my third extension, almost at 1 year out. Once the Census position is done and if I haven’t landed a full-time position, will I have any trouble with my CA unemployment being reinstated?


  106. Brooklyn Girl

    Thanks MrSandman! Are you in Brooklyn? And did they tell you there is a training on April 27th? I agree that this is a little ridiculous. Also, why can’t they give us a little advance notice?

  107. jlangelgirl21

    I took the Census test back in February and finally got a call back April 12th. I’m in the Memphis TN area and the pay is 17/hr and .50/mile. I have a degree but they only offered me an enumerator job but I’m happy to have that. I was told that the job would last for 8 weeks but judging by some of the comments, I’m worried that I won’t even get a good weeks worth of work. I’m still blessed that I’ve been given this opportunity and thanks to all of you for the good advice and info.

  108. Mike in Seattle

    As far as unemployment, I am going to treat this as a “part time job.” This is what the guy told me it was when I said yes to the training. So I will continue filling out my unemployment claim every single week, just putting in the information about part time work and how much money I earned. I will also continue the job search, as per the unemployment rules. If I only work twenty hours per week, which is what the guy told me should be minimum, I will still get partial money from unemployment. Whatever you do, don’t stop claiming your benefits during this period. Keep you claim open.

    This is my take on the procedures after reading the information about part time work on my states unemployment FAQ.

  109. retired

    My son got trained for quality control supervisor -did that for about a month-job dried up- but was recalled 2 weeks later for a enumerator jo in the next county.He goes to more training (starting monday in state capital Eugene – they pay for a hote room l – again)and then gets another gig of unknown duration here in southern Oregon..

  110. My son recently took the test and was hired. He goes for training in a couple of weeks. Question – when the actual work starts, are there any rules about him driving by himself or is he allowed to have someone with him if he wants?

  111. Mary Ann

    I have been working a new job for the 2010 census these past couple of months known as the QAC. It has just ended and I was called by my supervisor for another job opportunity. She didn’t really give me much info., except that I would be going around and checking on the past enumerators job. And that I would be talking with people, but she did not specify on what the job was actually called. The term “quality control” has come up from some friends that have been working for the census as well, but I’ve looked it up and am not entirely sure what that means… Any ideas would be very appreciated. Thanks.

  112. Just curious, does anyone have any info on the position of clerk/courier? That is what I was offered, I train for it next week. Just wondering if I could take my 2 year old with me since its just driving to different census office locations, delivering important documents. Any help would be appreciated :)thanks!!

  113. This was a very helpful thread! Thanks to Bob and everyone who contributed!

    I took my test on February 12th, and I missed three questions. I’m in Syracuse, where unemployment is ridiculously high and everyone wanted a Census job, so when I didn’t get a call by late March I just figured I wasn’t going to get the job. Turns out I was wrong, and they called me last week for an enumerator position. I start training tomorrow.

    I told my interviewer that I absolutely had to have a certain weekend off, and she still offered me the job. So take that for what it’s worth. I asked my crew leader what I should wear, and she said just dress comfortably.

    My biggest questions going into training tomorrow will be what area I’ll be working in and how they assign work. I know they say you’re assigned to your neighborhood, but does that mean your specific census tract, or is it a combination of tracts? Also, do they just say you have to do a certain number of homes in a certain time frame and you get to pick what times of day you’ll go there? Or will they tell me you have to work X amount of hours Thursday morning, X amount Friday night, and X amount Saturday?

  114. I took the test at the end of January 2010, & scored a 97. I got a phone call about a month ago asking if I wanted to be enumerator. The young lady on the phone said it paid $18.50 mile. I’ll start my training this Monday April 26th & that the job could last for up to 8 weeks. I figured this would be a great p/t job. By the way, I only speach English, not a Vet but, I do have 15+ years of supervisor skills. Also, this is for Suffolk County on Long Island.

  115. Congratulations to everyone who has been hired. I live in the City of St. Louis, scored 26 out of 28 on the exam in mid-February, but haven’t heard anything from the Census Bureau. During the exam session, the examiner said that the Census Bureau preferred to hire staff to work in their own census tract. I am wondering if the problem is that I have the misfortune of living on the outskirts of a fairly upscale census tract with lots of high scores and high compliance rates. I have the feeling that I might have been hired if I had lived one block further north in a different census tract.

  116. Staten Island Girl

    Ive been out of work for 2 years and been looking for work and I figured I’d take the test which I took on March 16 and got a 95 then I was called on April 13 and was offered a position for 8 weeks (give or take) with 4 days training starting April 26. I live in Staten Island and I thank you all who didn’t send in the census forms that was mailed to your homes. It gave thousands of people temporary jobs. So please don’t get mad at your enumerator when they are knocking at your door asking personal questions when you had the most easiest form to fill out that didn’t ask for more than the basics that probably your own postman knows.

    See you soon around Staten Island :)

  117. MrSandman

    Hi Brooklyn Girl,

    I’ve missed you….. :o)

    As the days approach no one has been called to that next phase of enumeration ( NRFU ). Yet they sent most of us to a one day training for FBI fingerprinting.
    You would think they would certainly call us by now ?
    But the Gov’t is the most disorganized group of all time.
    I am not in the Brooklyn area at all …. Further south, like FLorida :o)
    All in all, I am now looking for a career as a fingerprint technician.
    I have been practicing on everyone that comes within five feet of me!!!

    Who knows they will probably just call us in at the last minute to print all the trainees on the 26th, and that’ll be it !

    I hope you get that call !!! :o)

  118. I just got hired in New York and it is $18.75 an hour. They are still testing here.

  119. I too just got hired as a census taker. Training begins last week of April. I didn’t think to ask if I would be working the week after, I just assumed I would be, but now from reading these post that might not be the case. I will ask during training what comes next. Work is suppose to last 8-10 wks 40 hrs wk at 17.hr but I guess thats not a guarantee either. sigh. I just hope this doesn’t jack me out of receiving unemployment if I dont have a fulltime job by the time this one ends. because I need all the money I can get until I find something permanent. Good luck to everyone working with the Census 2010.

  120. childofthedesert

    I took the test for the census…..the first week of Feb 2009! I got the results of my score the same day I took the test, I can’t recall my test score, ( I know it was in the 90 percentile.) Well anyway, I was contacted by the Census, on Apr 16, 2010, and was offered the position for enumerater. I was told the position may last 6 to 8 weeks, 20 to 40 hours a week. I go to training April 27-30, from 8a to 4:30p.
    To the people that haven’t been contacted yet, don’t give up. I never expected to hear frm the Census after taking the test over a year ago!

  121. I was hired for the TRL operation that happened in March. I was told to keep all my stuff; bag, papers, a clipboard…..however, they haven’t called to hire me for the door to door operation. I find it odd considering they should have took all my items then as that’s a requirement when you are finished. Maybe there is another operation after the door to door one? A person I worked with for the TRL did get hired already for that. In any case, I highly recommend it. It was quick and painless with taxes taken out and considering millage I pulled in $17/hr for about 40hrs of work. Training is easy and a wee bit boring but then your getting paid so it all works out. I just wore regular clothes(jeans + sweater), so did most of everyone else.

  122. MrSandman

    A bunch of us who did the GQE last session in March were able to get put on a “list” after taking a One day F.B.I. Fingerprinting course…. which was a real ‘hoot’.
    Finally we got called today to fingerprint all of you “newbies” who will be trained on the April 26th – 30th. We are to go through the NRFU training after fingerprinting 700,000 newbies ” Holy #$%@ !! “…… ( that’s a lot of fingertip rolls and presses ). ( let’s see 700,000… add another zero= 7,000,000 ink blocks. )

    We had been on “pins and needles” waiting for that damn call !!

    To the Brooklyn Gal….. just let me know when they call you, will ya.!!

  123. amethystlady2

    Well, I found out today that I live in an area that isn’t a high priority one, and more than likely will not be getting “the call.”

    That’s pretty sad, but nothing I can’t deal with. I sort of figured this area had mostly people who saw no problem with filling out the Census, since they all know, or should know, that that is the main way all areas of the country get their Representatives in D. C. plus school funding, and other things…

    Now I am persuing a job with a medical place as a receptionist…probably too old for that….but will keep trying…cause I worked for the government…every form of govt. except Federal, and I get cheated out of my earned Social Security, so any job I can get would be a big help to me and to my husband.

    Hope you all who have been hired have a great time with the Census…its a great part time, temporary job…and in 10 years, I seriously doubt I would be interested in doing it again….lol…assuming I will even be around then.

    Have fun, everyone!

  124. Well, I got the info that I did not get any job of any kind with the Census even though I got a 26 out of 28 on the test and have 20 years of supervisory experience. What can I say “looks like my district sent in their Census forms like you are suppose to”. On a weird note, my brother lives 10 minutes away from me but in a different township. He took the test twice and both times got a a 20.

    He received a call last week and will start training next week. I love my bro, but he is not what you would call “Albert Einstein”. Good luck to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  125. amethystlady2

    Forgot to mention, I called my local Census office and spoke with a woman, who seemed a bit condesending to me, but still pleasant. She told me that I live in a low non-compliance area, so there is really little need for enumerators here. I did put down that I would be willing to work any hours and in the office, but it seems they have all of those jobs already sewn-up with regular, full-time employees. (That’s how govt jobs work…they are required to post an opening, even tho they have someone already working in their department, division, agency, who they want for the job.)
    This lady also told me they are not doing anymore re-testing now. So, perhaps I waited too long, perhaps not. It was going to be really difficult for me to do the enumerator job, but I was willing to put up with the pain for a little income.
    Such is life…
    Also, I forgot to mention that most who are hired here claimed veterans preference, and that is definitely A.O. K. with me.

    I will watch this board periodically, and see how you all are doing…not sure how many of you will still be posting on here…oh, and I already know how to fingerprint people…did that in my past governement jobs with police departments. No, I am not, nor was I ever a police officer. Worked in a civilian capacity.

  126. amethystlady2

    Oh, Gary, and the other person on here who said he wasn’t “smart”? That test didn’t have anything to do with your brain matter or book learning…it is a specialized test to find out how quickly you can discern the differences in numbers, etc.
    There was one question I recall that had to do with figuring a math problem of sorts, and math is just not my area. I don’t excel at any math….lol…even tho I took a class in college and got straight A’s. I also have a college education and am a paralegal, but became certified during a difficult time in our family, and never did work in a law office or for any legal agency. I don’t consider myself to be dumb or stupid just because I didn’t “ace” the Census test. Its a very specialized test, and I also got a 92…which on any test would get you at least a B+, if not an A-….so please don’t think of yourselves as stupid or dumb or anything just because they didn’t call you. There are LOTS of reasons, and I figure maybe they did me a favor – that I won’t have to face those ‘angry’ people who didn’t understand what the Census is for…now that’s what I call – let me put it nicely, poorly educated people.

  127. Hey amethystlady2,

    Thanx for your heart felt words!

    Actually, my point was that while I got a 93 on my test and I only took it once(and never got called from the Census), my brother(who lives ten minutes away from me, but in a different township), took the test twice, both times received a 72 and is starting his training for an enumerator next week!

    So, obviously, where you reside is a MAJOR factor of getting the job!

    Anyway, good luck to everybody working for the census and an extra great luck for those that were never called.

    Take care,


  128. Gary, amethystlady2

    Thanks for confirming my suspicions about the impact that location has upon getting hired for a census job. Also, got a 93 and never got hired while people living a few blocks away in different census tracts with significantly lower scores did get jobs.

  129. I gave my test on around April 1-2, 2010. I got full marks 28/28. But I haven’t received a call yet from Census.

    One reason could be, I am an International student, but I have the Work Authorization card that’s required to legally work here in US.

    Has any non-citizen been called to do this job? or Do you know of any people that were called??

  130. I have been unemployed for two years, and am raising a child alone. I have an MBA even and cannot get work. I live on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan in NYC. Took the test. Scored high. Got a call on April 14, answered a few more questions, told I was hired and training would begin April 24 (today) all day. “Someone will call you with the location of the training.” No one ever did. I called the NY office all day yesterday and was told, “I assure you. Someone will call you tonight.” No one did. I am beyond upset.

  131. Clayton T.

    I am a new recruit for the 2010 Census. I orginally applied (took the test) in mid January of 2010, but did not get a response until the beginning of April 2010. Unfortunatly they don’t give you a time frame that they will call you in if you got the job. You are just stuck wondering if you got it or not.

    Sigining up to take the test was a breaze, you simply call the 1-800 number and they sign you up for a testing center near your home. Although the test is only about 30 minutes long, plan to spend about 1.5-2 hours there. It takes a while to make sure everone fills out the paperwork correctly, plus they have to grade the test. If I remember correctly the test was about 29 questions long and you had 30 minutes to complete it. At the end of the test the teacher calls each student up to the desk and shows him/her what they got. I think I got 23 out of 30. After this everyone wants to know what you have to make to get the job. Unfortunatly there is no clear answer; they say that the highest grades get the jobs first.

    The test itself can be pretty dificult. The main thing about the test is that you don’t have much time to complete it. I currently attend College and in that strict time frame I was only able to complete 29 out of 30. I felt sorry for the older folks in the class because many of them were only able to get about 14 questions finished….whatever you don’t get done is counted wrong. The good thing about the testing part of the job is that you can take the test as much as you like.

    So after the test I waited and waited and did not hear anything, I thought that my score was low and that they went with other people. All of a sudden in the beginning of april they gave me a call. They verified the information they had was correct then said that they would like to offer me the job. I said great, and signed up for the 4 days class from 8:30-4:30 Tuesday – Friday.

    I dont remember where I found it, but there is a payscale map that tells you what you will make. (Probably on the Census website) The pay rate seems to be higher the closser you get to a major city. I live in Dallas, Texas and the pay rate is $17.50 an hour, but as you move away form dallas it starts going down by about a dollar per city.

    My training is coming up this week so I can’t tell you what that is like, but Ill make sure to update the website. The best thing is that it is paid….32 hours at $17.50…can’t beat that. I did hear some people saying that there part of town was overbooked so they did not get any hours. The way I look at it is, this is a very limited parttime job. My guess is that it will last about a month at maybe 20 hours a week, but if I am told that there are not enough hours, that will be ok. After all, I did get to make an extra $500 or so sitting in a class.

    I think the best thing to do is to make sure you are not depending on the job as your complete income. I want to stress that it is only a temporary job! A great second source of income.

    Best of luck to everyone!

    Clayton T.

  132. I live in Indiana and tested about 6 weeks ago. I never called in to check my score (not like a call was going to change my score).

    Anyways, I received a call 2 weeks ago offering me a job as an enumerator. I was told that the position would last around 8 weeks, but I wasn’t told how many hours per week were expected. They asked if I was “still available” and I said that I was (which I am, as I am currently unemployed).

    However, I now have had some things come up and will need a couple weekends off in May. Will that be a problem? I am available at any time during the week. Or should I talk to my crew leader to see if there are any Monday-Friday Office Positions available? It seems to me that an office position would make more sense.. but I don’t really know what goes into hiring when it comes to the Census.

    I have a BA in Psychology/Sociology, am near-fluent in Spanish and type +70 WPM. I also have customer service experience as well as research and data-entry experience.

  133. Tested_nyc

    told training on 26th monday, not where or what time.
    yet others who did training are awaiting real work.
    They get paid to work in office as clerks or delivery, ‘go-fers

  134. Hey everyone just wanted to post this and i hope it helps someone. I took the test and filled out the application about a few months ago. I knew i was going to get the job, but i was a little discouraged as i was waiting. I took the test twice and ended up with a score of 95%. I got a total of 3 calls from the people working at my local census office. They let me know the information of what to take with me, what we would be doing on the first day and the days and times of my 4 days of training. So i have training on April 26-29. The pay is $16.50/hour. I am in the San Diego area. I am so happy that this unique opportunity came my way. I’m excited to do this work and help my community and country. This blog was very helpful, it gave me insight and information that i wanted to know. Thank you to all who posted helpful information. And to all who are seeking work, keep moving forward. Don’t be discouraged or negative, stay positive and take care of yourself. You next job is right around the corner.

  135. Curious

    Has anyone else out there been hired for GQE or any other short projects, worked for one day or a few days, and then not called back for the big NARFU project? That’s what happened to a lot of people in my area. Rumor is that the census wanted to hire all new people for this project so the numbers of total people hired would look bigger, and the jobs numbers would look better.

  136. Gary,

    I just wanted to keep you updated. It definitely has to do with location. I’m from the Marlboro area and will start training this week. I’m a student with zero years of supervisory experience, however I did obtain a 100% on the test. Not sure if that helped or not. I did test in Freehold around January and missed maybe 2-3 calls from the census office between then and now for jobs. My biggest mistake was not picking up my phone when the office called because after calling back within the hour the job was already filled! Goodluck!

  137. Hasib_UofI

    I took the test and missed 1 question (27/28). I got a call last Tuesday for the Enumerator position. I told them that I couldn start working next week (April 26 to April 29th, 9am to 4:30pm) because I have attend my university classes and I get attendance points for my courses which are important. I asked them if there was any training after May 17th because I have finals coming up and I really need to do well this semester. The lady on the phone said that there might be training in May. Ok, thats a relief right? No, I got a call on Friday for an office clerk position and they said the same thing, training is next week on April 26th – April 29th (2 days of training: 9am: 4:30pm) and I am suspecting that they are only training on that week.

    I am afraid that I wont be able to get this job anymore because I cannot attend the training and I have to attend my classes. I called them up today and the person on the phone could not tell me the days of the training for the office clerk position and I will get a call soon. I never got the call. I am not sure why they would notify someone and say ‘oh, we can have training in may’ and later say ‘we can only do it next week’. I guess they need people right away…

  138. I took the test over a year ago in Feb. 2009. I unexpectedly got a call at the beginning of April 2010 for a job. It pays pretty well ($15 and hour + mileage) here in Indianapolis. I’m supposed to start training tomorrow. I thought my chances for a job with the Census were long gone since it had been so long since I tested! You never know what they want, or when they will want it! Good luck everyone.

  139. Has anyone ever had a scary experience? When I told my family about the job they freaked and said it was dangerous for a tiny woman like me. I did take precautions and bought a taser to carry (It is legal in SC, make sure you look this up before buying). I think I will be fine though, they wouldnt hire people if it was dangerous right?



  140. Hey, I got hired as an enumerator! I really had given the job up for dead. Anyway, where I live we get $16.50/hr and we get money for gas as well. Question though, do we still get the gas mileage if we take the bus or bike? each of those takes fuel that cost money, I.e. bus pass or food/water. should I just say I drive? that is reasonable. Anyway, I live in a good neighborhood, but we have some bad apples and we border an unfortunate low income apartment community, does anyone have experience being an enumerator before? have any tips that the training won’t teach me regarding this? Also, anyone have an average of how long employment was, I was actually told on the phone (maybe the girl misspoke) that I would be getting 8 weeks or more (I expected her to say or less) are there any jobs a former-enumerator can be after this job dries up?

  141. Brooklyn Girl

    Hello Mr.Sandman and Tested NYC — I heard that the training started today, but I was never called for it. As I said, I did the training and worked for the GQE in March. Last week they called me in to do some office work one evening. There were a whole bunch of people there who had trained and worked with me, and none of them were called for today’s training. I was told that this is because the govt. wants to make the numbers of people hired look bigger, so they hired all new people. Did anyone else have this experience, or know anyone who did? Tested NYC, you apparently know people that this happened to, right? And Mr.Sandman, did you get on the project, or just for a day or two to fingerprint? I think this is unfair to us.

  142. Tested_nyc

    Brooklyn Girl
    in My class, there were at least 2 others who worked previously, ReHires.
    Their census operations ended, released and then rehired on Monday, 26th.

  143. Jeremy_Va

    First off, thanks to all for the helpful information. Does it actually hurt your status if you perform too well? I am afraid if I finish my binder too fast(like 5 cases submitted per hour as opposed to 2 cases/hr), I’ll run out of work after 3 weeks where as if I do moderately well(3 cases/hr?), I’ll be in work for the next 6 weeks. does anyone have any experiences regarding this? Thanks,

  144. Brooklyn Girl

    Thanks tested nyc. I was wondering about those people you know who are getting paid to be “go-fers” instead of getting released and rehired, because that’s what happened to me, and I was only offered a few hours of work…

    I’m wondering how common my situation is, if anyone knows.

  145. hello.. cool forum…
    well i took the test 4 weeks ago.. and i called them and they said me that my test is good and i´m in the system or something like that …in the computer that means available to hire me .. :) My county is Corsicana ,TX and i don’t know if they still can call me after 4 weeks….. my score 24 of 28 …
    I don’t know how are they handle all this now…

  146. amethystlady2

    To Clayton, just a note…don’t feel sorry for us “older folks” please. I am an “older folk” who took the pre-test online, then the actual test…I didn’t miss ONLY one, but I had a good score.
    But I will not be getting called, or so I understand, since I live in an area of high compliance…at least that’s what the woman in the local census office told me on the phone, and they are NOT doing any more testing in my area…so please don’t make such wide reaching comments that other people will likey believe, young and ‘older’ alike.
    And I even worked for the Census before.
    Just had to have my last say on this board.

  147. Shirley

    I started my training for enumerator on Mon 4/26. Was told 5 days training and 40 hrs. We are not going to get 40 hrs because we have already finished with alot of the training and are ahead of our schedule. We will get our AA books tomorrow and will actually get to go out in the field for a few hrs, we can buddy up if we want to on the first day.

    Was told time goes in on Sat and paydays on Mon. If I understood it correctly the first payday is 11 days from when u start. Started training on Mon 26-so Sun 25-Sat 1 is 7 days and the following wk Sun 2 thru Wed 5th is 4 days. That is 11 days. After that paydays each Wed/direct deposited

    Training has been going good. Our crew leader trained for 2 weeks and then started trainig us for enumerators. She knows what she is doing and is very good at it. The leader does a lot of reading to you and when u fill out practice enumerator papers she is doing scenarios with the class/u dont buddy up for this

    On the first day we spent most of it being issued our kits and doing lots of paperwork before we actually got into the training.

    On the second day most of it was fingerprinting. Two sets of prints for each person. Did some reading and also started learning how to fill out enumerator questionaires

    Third day doing more enumerator questionaires for practice. Each practice is a different thing that may happen.

    U can work your own hours but will have to switch around to different hrs incase someone not home when you go to their house-you need to try to find them at home

    Good pay/Im taking all the hours that I can get. I have not worked in 6 yrs and need th $$

    Also must meet with leader everyday to turn in your completed for and payroll sheets for the previous day

  148. Polina,

    As you probably know by now, they have stopped hiring. The thing that really bothers me is that I got a 26 out of 28 and definitely thought that would be enough. In fact, the proctor told me that I would definitely be called with that score! Also, I know which two problems I got wrong but just never thought that I needed to take the test again.

    Anyway, good luck with everything!!!!!!!!!!

  149. Shirley, you might want to review those dates with your crewleader because I think you misunderstood. The weekly pay period ends on Saturday and the supervisors must have all D308s into office by the following Monday. Paydays are always on Wednesday. RE: your FIRST check…You will get paid 11 days from the LAST day (Saturday) of your pay period (NOT the 1st day you worked). If you started on 4/26, the last day of that pay period is 5/1. Your first paycheck will be direct deposited 11 days later – on Wednesday, May 12th. Thereafter, you’ll get your direct deposit EVERY Wednesday. I don’t want you to be disappointed looking for that lovely first check in vain. :)

  150. LOL, Shirley, as one of those “older folks”, I have to agree with you. I’m sure Clayton didn’t mean to insinuate anything about us older folks any more that I would insinuate anything by pointing out his spelling errors. :)
    Sometimes these “young’uns” just forget to give us credit for our years of life experience
    I’m into my third round of census work this year so apparently somone thinks I’m not ready for the pasture just yet.