« "Homeland" Opener Offers Some Eye-Opening Analysis of the War on Terror | Main | Good Lord: Boehner Reportedly Urging Paul Ryan to Run for Speakership, Or Else Boehner Might Declare He's The Only Man Capable of Leading the House »
October 08, 2015

The Real Pay Gap Progressives Won't Talk About: Federal Workers Make 78 Extra Cents on the Dollar Compared to Their Private Sector Analogues

Apparently "Good enough for government work" is now considered the gold standard as far as determining employee recompense.

Employees for the federal government earn far more than their counterparts in the private sector, according to a new study by the Cato Institute.

Federal workers' pay and benefits were 78 percent higher than private employees, who earned an average of $52,688 less than public sector workers last year.

The study found that federal government workers earned an average of $84,153 in 2014, compared to the private sector’s average of $56,350. Cato based its findings on figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

But when adding in benefits pay for federal workers, the difference becomes more dramatic. Federal employees made $119,934 in total compensation last year, while private sector workers earned $67,246, a difference of over $52,000, or 78 percent.

This is largely because while private sector pay rises are delayed or diminished due to economic downturns, civil servants always get their too-generous pay increases, come hell or high water.

Cato makes a good-government pitch for reducing government worker pay, too: They say reducing pay would encourage turnover, which would bring in new (and younger) people with new ideas. It would reduce government sclerosis.

Oh, I'm putting lots of stuff in the sidebar too, so feel free to use this as a Mid-Day Open Thread.



digg this
posted by Ace at 03:53 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
My life is insanity : "No football watching: there is now potential for ..."

Bruce: "For a long time I've not watched full games of any ..."

Skip: "Been watching the Eagles 50 years, think I'm done, ..."

Vic[/i]: "test ..."

RickZ: "[I]Demographic (kids just aren't that into the NFL ..."

Guy Smiley: "Reason I ask about the population, I'm thinking of ..."

Bruce: "Have only wore my canister work mask and now face ..."

Skip: "1st cup gone, guess I should make breakfast to go ..."

My life is insanity : ">>Maybe the No Fun League has gone too far this ti ..."

Guy Smiley: "I had occasion to call an Uber yesterday. You have ..."

RickZ: "[I]I thought the total population of the USA was a ..."

Skip: "Have only wore my canister work mask and now face ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64