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Where the Trough is

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.

The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year.

•Pay. The average federal salary has grown 33% faster than inflation since 2000. USA TODAY reported in March that the federal government pays an average of 20% more than private firms for comparable occupations. The analysis did not consider differences in experience and education.

•Total compensation. Federal compensation has grown 36.9% since 2000 after adjusting for inflation, compared with 8.8% for private workers.

Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Del., says a pay freeze would unfairly scapegoat federal workers
 http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/income/2010-08-10-1Afedpay10_ST_N.htm

median income 13.Aug.2010 22:17

ave vs median

The problem is that the private sector is paid too little not the public sector is paid too much.