Wonder what you would find if you frisked federal employees’ average compensation and compared them to the private sector?
Answer: A startling difference.
USA Today reports:
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.
After seeing numbers like this, there’s no wonder why President Obama just announced a two-year pay freeze for overpaid federal employees (reminder: the number of federal employees earning over $150,000 doubled under President Obama). According to the White House, the pay freeze will save $2 billion for the remainder of FY 2011.
Every little bit helps, but the White House will have to come up with something better than this minuscule “symbolic gesture” that shows the American public they are getting serious about tackling bloated government and our massive debt.
Let’s be honest, the majority of us (who do not receive a paycheck from the federal government) are sick and tired of seeing the public employee pay scales dominating the private sector. Fortunately, the people over at The Heritage Foundation have a few solutions that would address this issue:
- Abolish the general schedule and implement performance-based pay.
- Hire more private contractors.
- Reduce federal benefits.
- End dismissal restrictions.
Of course these solutions are not popular with the powerful and greedy organized labor unions. In the end, it will be a fight if we are going to be serious about tackling this problem.