At a time when private sector unemployment has topped 10%, the number of highly paid government workers has soared between 14%-19% according to a recent article in the USA Today.
There has been a 46% increase in the number of workers earning over $100,000 from December 2007 until June 2009. The increase for workers earning over $150,000 is 119% and those earning over $170,000 increase 93%.
According to Jessica Klement, government affairs director for the Federal Managers Association, the government workforce is highly paid because it employs highly skilled workers like scientists, physicians and attorneys. She also states government workers earn 26% less than comparable private sector employees. But this is just not true. The average salary in the US for private sector is $40,331 while the average federal worker earns $71,206.
If this doesn’t get your blood boiling, nothing else will.