But, in all cases I’ve encountered, these reports neglect to mention that on average, civilian federal workers make 17 percent more than similar workers in the private sector, according to a 2017-2018 report by the Congressional Budget Office. That’s total compensation, so we’re including both wages and benefits.
Considering that a year is 52 weeks long, an average federal worker would need to be completely without any income for nearly 9 weeks in order to just be reduced to equal standing with a similar private-sector worker. (17 percent of 52 weeks is 8.84 weeks.)
Now it used to be true that government work didn’t pay as well as the private sector, but that hasn’t been the case for a LONG time now in most fields. So, no need shed any tears for the furloughed non-essentials who should have banked more of their tax-payer funded wages for just such an “emergency”. Considering they’ll get paid for not even showing up, its difficult to see how this is even a story. Oh, that’s right, the media are all Democrats.
Federal civilian workers with no more than a high school education earned 34 percent more, on average, than similar workers in the private sector.
That’s just wages. They get far more in terms of benefits like healthcare and vacation time:
Average benefits were 93 percent higher for federal employees with no more than a high school education than for their private-sector counterparts.