Doc Savage Fan
- Nov 30, 2006
"Forgive me for refuting talking points with actual data" , but government workers make about 5 percent more than private sector workers on average.He pulled it out of his ass...like most of his claims.
Public employees, at least the "working stiffs" who build and maintain our roads, bridges, irrigation systems, etc., get paid far less than they would doing similar work for the private sector...but they often have better pension plans and medical plans than the private sector.
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-04-federal-pay_N.htmWorking in America: Public vs. Private Sector
The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2009) show that government workers make about 5 percent more than private sector workers on average.
When you include benefits, government workers make about 55 percent more than private sector workers on average for occupations that exist both in government and the private sector.Federal pay ahead of private industry
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. Federal pay ahead of private industry.
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.