The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office just released its comparison study of Federal vs. Private Sector Pay and Benefits (http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=12696). After all these years of thinking that we have a pay gap of about 26%, it turns out that we are overpaid and have substantially better benefits than the private sector.
It's hard to argue with the benefits assumptions, but the study seemed to rely mostly on education level to compare Federal and Private Sector salaries. It turns out that Federal workers with only a high-school education earned 21% more than their counterparts in the private sector. I'm not convinced that education level should be the common denominator. They are disregarding the nature of the work performed. We have very few maintenance workers, farmers, construction workers, restaurant servers, retail clerks, or factory workers in the government. It would have been nice to see a job-by-job comparison, even though government jobs are fairly unique (e.g. IRS agent, law enforcement officer, judge, etc.),
What do you think?