This is a hot button issue… many federal workers are going to read statistics about how a number of occupations in the public sector get paid more than their private sector counterparts and they are simply not going to believe it. Clearly, it’s frustrating for both sides. An article today digs a little further into specifics and helps explain the details behind the discrepancy as well as some explanatory factors that make sense to consider.
From USA Today:
“Accountants, nurses, chemists, surveyors, cooks, clerks and janitors are among the wide range of jobs that get paid more on average in the federal government than in the private sector.
“Overall, federal workers earned an average salary of $67,691 in 2008 for occupations that exist both in government and the private sector, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The average pay for the same mix of jobs in the private sector was $60,046 in 2008, the most recent data available.
“These salary figures do not include the value of health, pension and other benefits, which averaged $40,785 per federal employee in 2008 vs. $9,882 per private worker, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.”
Aside from the summary and description of the matter, the article links to a useful list of 40 specific job titles that shows “federal salaries exceed average private-sector pay in 83% of comparable occupations.” The table is found here. Should government jobs be better paid than industry positions? If somehow public employees are contributing more to a productive economy, then sure, it would make sense. Whether or not that is likely, or even possible, is something worth considering.
Visit USA Today’s coverage of how federal pay is ahead of private industry for more information and data to support the findings.
Rocky Vega,The Daily Reckoning
Rocky Vega is publisher of Agora Financial International, where he advances the growth of Agora Financial publishing enterprises outside of the US. Previously, he was publisher of The Daily Reckoning, and founding publisher of both UrbanTurf and RFID Update -- which he ran from Brazil, Chile, and Puerto Rico -- as well as associate publisher of FierceFinance. Rocky has an honors MS from the Stockholm School of Economics and an honors BA from Harvard University, where he served on the board of directors for Let?s Go Publications, Harvard Student Agencies, and The Harvard Advocate.
Federal workers make less than comparable workers in the largest US companies. (Let’s make a fair comparison based upon the size of the organizations involved.)
Companies with more than 50,000 employees have an average salary of $75,010.
Federal Gov’t workers make an average of $67,954. (or $71,000 or $74,000 depending upon which Congressional study you review… but not $75,010).
This is according to the non-partisan payscale.com (see payscale.com/research/US)
For a more balanced view on Federal workers pay see: http://factcheck.org/2010/12/are-federal-workers-overpaid/
BDCs are soaring while banks are suffering. Banks are still working through nonperforming portfolios while regulators continue to restrict them.
There’s an easy recipe you can use to root out the strongest stocks on the market right now.
America’s Strategic Energy Weapon, Part II
The quack policy that was good for stock owners in North America turned out even better for those in Japan.
From under which fetid igneous formation did these IRS slugs slither?
Why following market skeptics can protect you in the long run.
From “Bits” to “Atoms”… Digital Innovation Finally Comes to the World of Real Stuff