The latest figures show the federal government pays its workers 2 percent more, on average, than workers in the private sector. But comparing education levels tells the full story.
Turns out workers with a high school diploma or less do far better with Uncle Sam, earning 21 percent higher pay than counterparts in the private sector. Factor in benefits, and the total compensation package is 36 percent higher.
It’s a different story, though, for workers with professional or doctorate degrees. The private sector pays them 23 percent more than the federal government. Consider the value of benefits and the private sector still pays these educated workers more – by 18 percent.
See our infographic for more on federal vs. private sector pay. Read “What Do Others Say?” for extra perspective, then add to the discussion below. What do you think about the disparities?