Daily Dose: Federal Workers DON’T Make Enough Money!

It turns out that you, Federal workers, should make more money.

That’s the conclusion of the Federal Salary Council, as reported by Ed O’Keefe at the Washington Post:

O’Keefe says:
“The Federal Salary Council is likely to hear an annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on where the pay of federal workers stands in relation to private-sector salaries. Given that last year’s numbers put federal pay an average of 22 percent behind the private sector, the new ones are likely to generate more controversy … Congress has not enacted a pay raise for federal employees for 2011. A draft bill in the Senate would set the increase at 1.4 percent, as recommended by President Obama

Of course, this story comes on the heels of a survey from the Post which indicates that more than half of Americans believe that government employees are overpaid! That news inspired us to spearhead a “Government Doesn’t Suck” march scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Elsewhere on GovLoop, we’ve covered this topic in depth:
So what do you think?

Do you deserve a raise?

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Candace Riddle

@ Andrew – I agree completely. Performance-based increases seems like a much more logical and cost-efficient way of paying govies.

Andrew Ian Derksen

I wouldn’t complain too loudly. Believe me: it could be worse. I work for the state of Florida as part of a state/Fed program. I am the equivalency of a GS-11, but because the state of Florida pays my salary, I make less than a GS-7. As we have several programs for which there are both state and Federal workers, this appears to be consistent: staties earn a little less than half what our Federal counterparts earn to work the same job. Furthermore, the state does not see fit to provide us with the same cost-of-living increases, merit-based raises, bonuses, or bounties that our Federal counterparts receive for doing the same job.