No, public sector folks are not overpaid. I have several friends I used to work with who jumped to the private sector to make more money. And make much more money they did... until they got laid off. We who made the "safer" choice and stayed have the benefit of job security as the government is unlikely to go out of business. Of course now show-boating politicos want to penalize us for making that choice. Sometimes I despair of the sheep-like nature of today's American workers.