The Benefits of Public vs. Private Employment

Public employees earn more:

Public employees earned benefits worth an average of $13.38 an hour in December 2008, the latest available data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says. Private-sector workers got $7.98 an hour…..  Overall, total compensation for state and local workers was $39.25 an hour – $11.90 more than in private business.

And they may not have to perform:

House Democrats are now pushing to freeze pay for performance across the entire federal government…… Barack Obama said he would consider an overhaul or "complete repeal" of the merit pay system. If he follows through, the government's new CEO will soon learn that you get what you pay for.

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  1. Bret says:

    Hey, it’s a growth industry.

  2. Ken says:

    Agree, Bret. But you would think they would realize that thy can’t keep growing without a healthy private sector.

  3. Stephen C. says:

    Yet another argument for privatization.