BLS responds to stories about federal pay

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has weighed in on the recent USA Today article that said federal employees, on average, earn more than their private sector counterparts in more than eight out of ten occupations.

In looking at the USA Today claims, BLS concluded that most of the data cited in the article comes from two different Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys.

The agency said that comparing estimates across surveys is “complex” and would require an analysis of the differences in definitions and survey designs.

Comparing pay for similar jobs is more difficult than comparing occupational averages and would further require analyzing the level of difficulty and complexity of work, geographic differentials, and tenure of employment,” according to a BLS email to Federal News Radio.

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