Average Compensation For Federal Workers Now Matches Microsoft Employees
12:15 PM, Jan 27, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
It's regularly been pointed out that the average compensation—that includes pay and benefits—for federal workers is now double the private sector average. Defenders of federal employees have routinely insisted that this is an unfair comparison. Well, Andrew Biggs, the former Social Security Administration deputy commissioner for policy and American Enterprise Insititute Scholar, points to this astonishing fact:
So there you have it. Federal workers are paid as much as one of America's most prestigious and highest paying employers. Do you think the average American thinks that federal employees are as productive and deserving of the same pay levels as Microsoft?
The defense of federal employees is usually something along the lines that if you take into account the commensurate experience and education of federal employees and compare that to private sector workers with the same education and experience, there's no significant gap. Aside from the Microsoft comparison, this defense of runaway federal compensation is largely hollow for reasons I laid out in this piece. And if you really want to wonk out and understand why this defense of exorbitant federal compensation is wrong, this WEEKLY STANDARD piece by Biggs and Jason Richwine of the Center for Data Analysis, "Yes, They’re Overpaid: The truth about federal workers’ compensation" is essential reading.