16,000 U.S. Census workers needed in Nashville Metro area

Posted at 3:46 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 16:48:18-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The U.S Census Bureau is looking for 16,000 people in northern Middle Tennessee, and 58,000 throughout Tennessee for the 2020 Census.

They've increased pay for Census workers in 2020 as well. The hourly pay for enumerators and supervisors was provided for some Middle Tennessee Counties

  • Davidson County: $23.50/hr for enumerators, $26/hr for supervisors
  • Wilson County: $16.50/hr
  • Maury County: $18/hr
  • Sumner County: $17/hr
  • Williamson County: $26/hour for enumerators, $28.50/hr for supervisors

According to the Census Bureau, most census jobs across Tennessee pay between $14 and $23 per hour, in addition to mileage reimbursement of $0.58/mile. More pay rates can be found here.

Job fairs will be held on Wednesday, December 18th at five American Job Center locations from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • 1313 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro
  • 1598 Green Lea Blvd, Gallatin
  • 418 Harding Dr, Lebanon
  • 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville
  • 118 Seaboard Lane, Suite 100, Franklin

To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be a U.S. citizen, have a valid email address, pass a Census-performed criminal background check, including fingerprinting, and commit to completing paid training. Most field jobs require employees to have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is available and have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training).

You can also apply online at the 2020 Census website here.

“Like many employers across the nation, the Census Bureau is competing for workers in a tight labor market,” Michelle Archer, Assistant Census Regional Manager, said. “In an effort to make census jobs more competitive in this economy, we recently increased the pay rate for many counties in Tennessee. It is essential that we are able to hire enough people to ensure a complete count in the 2020 Census. Counting everyone is a very big job and requires many hands to make light work.”

Office positions are also available, but are more limited.

The bulk of hiring will take place January through April with some jobs beginning in February and others will go from March through July depending on the workload in a given area. Beginning soon, census takers will work to collect information from group living facilities such as nursing homes and dorms.

In the spring of 2020, the Census Bureau will launch the largest 2020 Census field operation, known as Nonresponse Follow-up, Census Takers will knock on doors to follow up with households who have not responded to the census questionnaire. Most positions are anticipated to last eight weeks, but employment may end at any time or hours of work may be reduced if there is a lack of available work.