The “income inequality” gap between employees
of the federal government and the private sector
is huge.It’s been huge for a long time, and it’s getting worse.
According to a study of data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, compensation for federal workers is 78% higher on average than compensation for private sector employees.
“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.”
To put this in perspective, the federal government has “the fourth highest paid workers in the United States, after utilities, mining, and the management of companies.” The government pays better than information services, the financial sector, the insurance industry, and scientific industries. Federal compensation is more than double what the education industry receives, and over three times what retail workers make.
I guess when there will always be deep pockets to reach into,this will never change.