Do not think about, write about or deal with human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.
Wherein we see the manifestation of class warfare; government employees make more money, have more job security and etc. than the unblessed who are taxed to pay for these privileges. Apparently this is an unadvertised feature of social justice.
Federal Bureaucrats Are Paid 78% More than Private Sector Workers
Ordering people around is nice work, if you can get it
New data show that worker compensation is rising faster in the federal government than in the private sector. After rapid growth in federal pay during the George W. Bush years, growth slowed from 2011 to 2013 after policymakers enacted a partial freeze on federal wages.
That era of restraint is now over. The latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that wages rose 2.9 percent in the federal government in 2014, on average, compared to 1.7 percent in the private sector.
When benefits such as pensions and health care are included, federal compensation increased 2.8 percent, on average, compared to 1.3 percent in the private sector.
Federal civilian workers had an average wage of $84,153 in 2014, compared to an average in the private sector of $56,350. The federal advantage in overall compensation (wages plus benefits) is even greater. Federal compensation averaged $119,934 in 2014, which was 78 percent higher than the private-sector average of $67,246. This essay discusses trends in federal and private pay.
The BEA provides compensation data by industry. The figure shows average compensation in 17 major private industry groups, as well as compensation for federal civilian workers, the military, state and local governments, and federal government enterprises (mainly the postal service).
The federal government has the fourth highest paid workers in the United States, after utilities, mining, and the management of companies.
Federal compensation is higher, on average, than compensation in the information, finance and insurance, and professional and scientific industries.
Federal compensation is more than twice as high as compensation in the education industry, and it is more than three times higher than compensation in the retail trade industry.
In the words of a famous Communist killer, Lenin, we’re forced to buy the rope for our own hanging. There are three kinds of government workers: The first kind are the necessary, far fewer than they would have us believe. The useless, probably the largest group and the harmful, those who do things which inhibit economic growth.
Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies