Jan 31, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
This to me seemed obvious but there are apparently those here who persistently believe they couldn't ever be paid enough. This however at least gives some significant clues as to how to start reducing the deficit (along with reduced military spending and entitlements) - but why stop at 16%? Civil service is supposed to be more honorable than its alternatives according to many in the civil service, so perhaps not only should numbers be reduced, but that everyone should sacrifice instead of calling for greater taxes.
Differences in total compensation—the sum of wages and benefits—between federal and private-sector employees varied according to workers' education level.
- Federal civilian employees with no more than a high school education averaged 36 percent higher total compensation than similar private-sector employees.
- Federal workers whose education culminated in a bachelor's degree averaged 15 percent higher total compensation than their private-sector counterparts.
- Federal employees with a professional degree or doctorate received 18 percent lower total compensation than their private-sector counterparts, on average.
Overall, the federal government paid 16 percent more in total compensation than it would have if average compensation had been comparable with that in the private sector, after accounting for certain observable characteristics of workers.