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Government pay scales. This just can’t continue.

WANT TO GET RICH? WORK FOR THE FEDS. “As of 2008, the average federal salary was $119,982, compared with $59,909 for the average private sector employee. In other words, the average federal bureaucrat makes twice as much as the average working taxpayer. Add the value of benefits like health care and pensions, and the gap grows even bigger. The average federal employee’s benefits add $40,785 to his annual total compensation, whereas the average working taxpayer’s benefits increase his total compensation by only $9,881. In other words, federal workers are paid on average salaries that are twice as generous as those in the private sector, and they receive benefits that are four times greater.”

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  1. Anonymous

    Didn’t CF make the same point recently about San Francisco municipal employees? And what about Greenwich? Wasn’t last year’s highest paid employee a cop who took in over $200M? And aren’t the retirement to grave pensions and benefits based on that sort of rake-in pay?

    I’m just kinda ranting here. Please forgive me if I’m wrong.

  2. Anonymous

    Then there is the story of the NYC Fire Captain who recently retired with a $300K per year TAX FREE pension for the rest of his life plus free health care. How did manage to get $300K per year you ask?

    The pension is based on the last 3 years salary, so he loaded up on bogus overtime.

    The FDNY held a hearing, but could do nothing because according to the union contract, the “deal” was technically sound.

    There are dozens of more stories like this – ultimately the parasite will kill the host.

  3. Riverside Dog Walker

    Most government jobs do have the occupational hazard of dying of boredom. You have to attract a special type not susceptible to this malady, but I don’t know that you have to pay a premium.

    As has been discussed on this blog, most of us remember in the not too distant past when the wage disparity was the other way, and was compensated by benefits and retirement. I marvel at the compounding effect on salary from 30 years or so of 3-4% annual pay increases.

  4. Fred2

    Civil servants have become civil masters.