Federal Pay Rises Rapidly

August 31, 2009

The Bureau of Economic Analysis has released its annual data on compensation levels by industry. The data show that the pay advantage enjoyed by federal civilian workers over private-sector workers continues to expand.

In 2008, the average wage for 1.9 million federal civilian workers was $79,197, which compared to an average $49,935 for the nation’s 108 million private sector workers (measured in full-time equivalents). The federal advantage is even more pronounced when worker benefits are included. In 2008, total federal worker compensation averaged a remarkable $119,982, which was more than double the average in the private sector of $59,909.

For a more detailed look at the data, see here and here.

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