US Census Bureau hiring for 2020 Census

Temporary positions include paid training, flexible hours

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring for the 2020 Census.

The count happens every 10 years with the decennial census, which influences how more than $675 billion from more than 100 federal programs are distributed to states and localities each year. 

The bureau is looking to hire approximately 1,000 people in Hawaii, most of whom would serve as census takers with some clerical and supervisory positions available. These positions are temporary, but essential to making the 2020 Census a complete and accurate count.

To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. If offered a job, you must pass a criminal background check and review of criminal records including fingerprinting. Most jobs require employees to have access to a vehicle and a valid driver's license, unless public transportation is readily available, and have access to a computer with Internet to complete training.

Pay rates break down as follows for census takers by county:

  • Honolulu: $18
  • Hawaii: $16
  • Kalawao: $16
  • Kauai: $16
  • Maui: $16

Here’s some of what census numbers affect:

  • Medicaid
  • School lunch programs
  • Community development grants
  • Road and school construction
  • Medical services
  • Business locations

The first phase of the project begins in June with the opening of Hawaii's Census Bureau office. The hiring process takes about 60 days.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Frequently Asked Questions


What can I expect my work schedule to be like?

If hired, your work schedule will depend on your position. Generally, hours for field positions are flexible. Some field positions require you to work during the day. Other positions require evening and weekend work interviewing the public. Supervisory positions require employees to be available for certain day, evening, and/or weekend shifts.

How often will I be paid?

Employees are paid weekly and can expect to receive their first paycheck approximately 10 to 14 days after their first day of work.

Will I be reimbursed for work-related expenses?

Field employees will be reimbursed for authorized work expenses, like mileage, incurred while conducting census work.

Will I be paid during training?

You will be paid during training at a slightly lower rate than your regular hourly rate.

The 2020 Census at a Glance[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]