Federal workers earning double the average private sector compensation

USA Today has another great analysis on federal pay and benefits. Not only is the average compensation for federal workers double that of their private sector counterparts, but the gap between federal and private sector compensation has doubled in the last decade:

At a time when workers’ pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees’ average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.

Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.

The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year.

Last December, USA Today also  reported the percentage of federal workers earning over $100,000 had increased from 14 to 19 percent during the first 18 months the economic crisis was ramping up.

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