Notes From Babel

My Suspicions Confirmed: Government Workers Earn More

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A lot more.  So much for trading off salary for stability.  Paycheck, pension, leisurely hours, virtual guarantee of never being fired—government employment has the private sector beat.  From Reason:

“Accountants, nurses, chemists, surveyors, cooks, clerks and janitors are among the wide range of jobs that get paid more on average in the federal government than in the private sector,” according to a USA Today report. In jobs where there are private equivalents, the feds are earning $7,645 more on average than their private counterparts.

(Private sector beat out feds in jobs where there are very high barriers to entry due to licensing requirements or powerful unions, such as lawyers, veterinarians, and airline pilots.)

There’s a chart, too, if you want to see how much less you make worker for the man instead of The Man.

I’m not sure I agree, however, that the fact that lawyers are highly regulated is the reason they don’t make the list.  I found out recently that Supreme Court clerks make about $40k a year—just shy of a federal highway maintenance worker.  But these folks are looking at north of $200k signing bonuses from law firms when they emerge from that vow of poverty.  So in this way, the government is actually (gasp) adding value that the private sector is willing to pay dearly for.

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Written by Tim Kowal

March 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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  1. Government Workers Earn More but do less work as well, many use their government work to do their private, personal activities. I used to go out for lunch with a municipal lawyer 3 times per week, and I visited his office often too, most of his work he did at his job was unrelated

    Now I was raised in Canada to respect law and order, and the ten commandments, I made mistake I thought everyone else did as well, and I next also expected honesty, integrity justice from our peace officers but that dream was quickly shattered in real life, even in city hall, in police stations and in the courts. The religious fundamentals would have us all to believe that all Justice, police are ordained by God, but that clearly these days is a vile distortion, for some of the biggest liars, most immoral persons I have personally encounter are in our justice system not just in our medical systems, including the mostly self serving justice ministers, lawyers, police, as most of us easily find out too. Simple back and white, law and order issues take on hidden political , politically correct agendas rather too, to maintain the empire building justice establishments. Asking a cop firstly to do some real work tends to be a farce as well since they are know to be lazy, pretentious as well. My advice is stay away from them all. you cannot\ win playing with the crooks., the bad guys who change rules to suit their own purposes, agendas.


    August 15, 2010 at 1:50 am

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