#1 Federal workers earning double their private counterparts11-22-2010, 08:23 PMBy Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY
At a time when workers' pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees' average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.
Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.
Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.
The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year.
Public employee unions say the compensation gap reflects the increasingly high level of skill and education required for most federal jobs and the government contracting out lower-paid jobs to the private sector in recent years.
11-22-2010, 08:33 PM
When I retired from the Dept. of the Army in '92 as a civilian, my salary was about $62k. I was offered over double that if I quit and went to work for IBM, Amdahl, or a DC contractor.
The unionspeak of "...the increasingly high level of skill and education required for most federal jobs..." is pure bullshit! It was then, and it hasn't changed since.
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11-22-2010, 09:15 PM
the private sector aims to minimize labor costs and comes up with lower pay? well that's not surprising.
it's talking about total compensation which includes health benefits and whatnot, and government employees tend to get decent health care which isn't true for a lot of private jobs.Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
11-22-2010, 09:34 PM
If only we had a health care system that didn't put the burden of rising health care costs on businesses? Especially small businesses.
If only things like health care were taken care of so businesses didn't have to be responsible for insuring their employees and facing rising costs themselves.Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
11-22-2010, 09:59 PM
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11-22-2010, 10:19 PM
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