Lisa Roper replied to the topic SOUND OFF: Your Thoughts on the Federal Discretionary & Pay Freeze? in the forum Miscellaneous 9 years, 7 months ago
I just did a quick google and the first thing that came up was this from USA Today, August 2010:
Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.
I also found this which makes more sense: http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=3992&type=0
Part of this says:
Summary and Introduction
The Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 (FEPCA) calls for the pay of most federal white-collar employees to rise gradually to the estimated level of nonfederal pay in their local area (see Box 1). Under the law, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) surveys nonfederal organizations to determine the salaries they pay, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) uses that information to compare federal and nonfederal salaries and calculate pay raises for federal workers. The federal pay system and those pay comparisons have provoked much controversy. This analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) presents the results of the pay comparisons that it conducted, which show that federal salaries for selected professional and administrative jobs–but not for technical and clerical employment–lag well behind salaries offered by private firms. Those findings reinforce concerns about the federal pay system raised by OPM and others–specifically, that the system allows no variation in pay raises by occupation.
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