According to a recent CBO Report public sector employees make more money and have better benefits than comparable private sector workers. The study found that:
- Federal civilian workers with no more than a high school education earned about 21 percent more, on average, than similar workers in the private sector.
- Average benefits for federal workers with no more than a high school diploma were 72 percent higher than for their private-sector counterparts.
- Average benefits for federal workers whose education ended in a bachelor’s degree were 46 percent higher than for similar workers in the private sector.
- Workers with a professional degree or doctorate received roughly the same level of average benefits in both sectors.
- Federal civilian employees with no more than a high school education averaged 36 percent higher total compensation than similar private-sector employees.
But not only do public sector workers earn more in wages, they also have perks associated with their positions that private sector workers don’t have. For instance:
- “Generous benefits, solid pay, and relative job security — a combination that is challenging to find in the private sector, even in the best of times.”
- The “widest selection of health-care plans of any U.S. employer.”
- “Liberal amounts of paid time off.”
- Very lucrative retirement benefits.
- Family-friendly policies such as “first priority and subsidies at a number of top-notch day-care facilities.”
I think mitt Romney may have said it best:
“Public servants shouldn’t get a better deal than the taxpayers they work for”
With U.S debt over 15 Trillion (here’s what a trillion dollars looks like) and the U.S spending over $147,554,000,000 annually paying government workers we need a real solution to government spending.
The current solution, just voted on in the house would freeze the wages of federal workers for a third year in a row. Cuts that the Democrats oppose. Yet despite this “Pay Freeze” government salaries are STILL GOING UP. So far under Brian Schweitzer, several government agencies have increased pay for their employees, raises that total over three million dollars.
It’s a little ironic that while Democrats talk about income inequality, and how terrible the rich poor gap is, they themselves are working to widen it. Its not enough for them that public workers make more money, have better benefits, and have more job perks than their private sector counterparts, but they actually think we should be paying them even more.