Want the Big Bucks? Join the Government

Too bad more taxpayers don’t know about this scandal involving big bucks. “Public servants” — ha! — getting the better salaries, benefits, and pensions than the people they supposedly work for. And that includes all levels of government — federal, state and local. Here are two articles on the topic:

Want the Big Bucks? Join the Government
An editorial from the Patriot Post Editors

A new analysis shows that the public-private sector wage disparity has not improved. In fact, it’s worsened. Previously, the CBO, based on 2005-2010 data, calculated that public sector employees were compensated at a roughly 16% better rate than commensurate private sector workers. That disparity is now up to 17%, according to 2011-2015 data.

And check this out, via Government Executive: “Federal employees with bachelor’s degrees as their highest level of education earned an average of 5 percent more in wages than their private sector counterparts, 52 percent more in benefits and 21 percent more in total compensation. Federal workers with a high school diploma or less earned a 34 percent more in wages than those in the private sector, 93 percent more in benefits and 53 percent more in total compensation.” As nice as it must be to have a higher base pay as a government worker, it seems the primary catalyst for the increasing disparity is the extremely lucrative benefits. Meanwhile, those of us in the private sector are struggling just to pay for health insurance.

Read more: Patriot Post

Here’s a Pay Gap Worth Being Concerned About

By Rachel Greszler at The Daily Signal

We’ve heard about the alleged “wage gap” between men and women, but what about the real pay gap between private and public sector employees?

An updated report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office shows there is a growing gap between the compensation earned by federal and private employees with the same qualifications.

After accounting for differences in education, experience, and occupation, the report concluded that the federal government provides its workers with 17 percent more compensation than similar employees earn in the private sector.

That’s up from a reported 16 percent gap five years ago.

Read more: The Daily Signal