The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.
Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.
While the rest of the country is making do with less, the Feds are paying themselves more.
Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.
Average salary in the “private” sector? $41k.
Of course you can make the argument that the government employs more skilled workers so the salary average will skew higher, and that’s a valid point. It’s the raises that are the problem though. If the taxpayers aren’t seeing a raise, then why should the Feds?