Who’s Better Paid, Private or Federal Workers? A New Twist on an Old Debate

How the wages and benefits of federal workers stack up against those of their private sector counterparts has been the subject of debate for years. A recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office adds a surprising twist to that age-old debate: The level of education of the government workers in question is often the determining factor in whether they are better or worse off than peers outside the government.

Federal civilian workers whose highest level of education was a bachelor’s degree – the most common level of education within the federal workforce – earned five percent more on average than their counterparts in the private sector, and federal civilian workers with no more than a high school education earned a whopping 34 percent more on average than similar workers in the private sector.

– The Fiscal Times

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