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Brandon Key http://http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20120202/BENEFITS01/202020302/1041/BENEFITS - Headline: Senators propose civilian pay freeze through 2014
Brandon Key http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=3178 "Among people with a professional degree or doctorate, total compensation costs were 18 percent lower for federal employees, than for similar private-sector employees, on average."
Candace Riddle I choose to work for an NGO along side the government primarily because of pay and benefits. I looked into federal work, but it would have been a pay cut even with a Masters degree.