Should it be any surprise that the latter is bigger than the former?
Overall, federal workers earned an average salary of $67,691 in 2008 for occupations that exist both in government and the private sector, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The average pay for the same mix of jobs in the private sector was $60,046 in 2008,
Angry yet? Consider the (uncounted in the prior number) amount of money federal employees get from “health, pension, and other benefits:”
$40,785 per federal employee in 2008 vs. $9,882 per private worker, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Unapologetic hatred of the state aside, I don’t begrudge run-of-the-mill public sector employees, provided they are not aggressing against the innocent in their jobs.* But it is quite ironic that the public sector allocates itself far more money than the supposedly “greed-driven” private workers earn.
*I don’t believe taking money from the state constitutes aggression, because the state has no legitimate claim to any money. However, some professions — such as a public janitor — are clearly legitimate, while others — such as a drug-busting cop — are not.Published in