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‘Public Workers’ Earn More In 41 States

From USA Today:

Wisconsin one of 41 states where public workers earn more

By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY
February 28, 2011

Wisconsin is one of 41 states where public employees earn higher average pay and benefits than private workers in the same state, a USA TODAY analysis finds. Still, the compensation of Wisconsin’s government workers ranks below the national average for non-federal public employees and has increased only slightly since 2000

Which only goes to show how bad and how widespread the problem is.

The analysis of government data found that public employees’ compensation has grown faster than the earnings of private workers since 2000. Primary cause: the rising value of benefits.

Wisconsin is typical. State, city and school district workers earned an average of $50,774 in wages and benefits in 2009, about $1,800 more than in the private sector. The state ranked 33rd in public employee compensation among the states and Washington, D.C. It had ranked 20th in 2000…

In contrast, California’s public employees enjoyed soaring compensation throughout that state’s decade-long budget crisis.

Isn’t it amazing that Washington DC would be at the top of the heap when it comes to compensation. And look at how well run it is on the local level.

Key state-by-state findings:

California. Public employee compensation rose 28% above the inflation rate from 2000 to 2009 to an average of $71,385 in 2009.

Nevada. Government employees earned an average of $17,815 more — or 35% — than private workers, the nation’s biggest pay gap

And we wondered how the unions were able to ‘re-elect’ Harry Reid.

Texas. The state ranked last in benefits for public employees

Some states that limit the right of public employees to unionize — such as Texas, Georgia and Virginia — pay less in compensation than the private sector

What a coincidence.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “‘Public Workers’ Earn More In 41 States”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What the stats don’t point out is that education and learning across the board are at an all-time low. Inner cities, the targets of so much liberal feel-good money-washing are so bad that kids who actually want an education are physically stymied by gang activity. But the billions spent to improve our schools has been a monumental failure. When good sense and high standards were called for, the “leaders” instead gave the kids all the things they wanted, thinking that academic failure was due to low self-esteem, while ignoring that self esteem comes from achievement and that achievement has to be worked for. Ah….key word…”work”. I noted that the students around me who did well when I was in grade and high school worked harder than the other kids. Even as a child, this fact was not lost on me.

    I submit that it’s not the amount of money that you throw at a school system and to teachers salaries and pensions, but how high you set the bar for the students. Along with that, how much the teacher cares to participate in the education of said students.

    And they’ve all done it so horribly wrong. Gutted our education system so it’s now just a free ride for those who call themselves teachers. Granted, there has to be a few who are dedicated but it’s a matter of the bell curve for how effective they can be overall. In a school of substandard teachers with one who actually cares and works hard, how is that effective?

    Ah, well, I’ll be long dead and gone before it ever improves. If it ever does.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    To play Devil’s advocate here, the public sector data as a higher number of low wage entry level and minimal wage jobs bring the numbers down. In the public sector those jobs are generally given out to contractors and not directly hired by the goverment so the government doesn’t have to pay for their benefits. I think a more damning stat would be direct compairson between jobs. For instance does a teacher make more money working for the government school or the private school.

  3. proreason says:

    I would never accuse USA Today of inaccurate “reporting”, but I could swear I’ve seen numerous studies that say that federal total comp is twice the national average, yet here they declare there is a $457 difference, $1.25 per day, enough for a daily cup of coffee at McDonalds (regular, not premium).

    Why might that be?

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Men versus women in the public / private sector……..anybody?
    (Another missed opportunity by gadfly media monsters)
    Are we not talking money here?

  5. canary says:

    I’m stunned at what WI teachers are paid. And their schools had a head start in liberal propaganda. And gosh unionized medical doctors and nurses. I didn’t even know they had them. Some of told me of procedure recently, and I told her that was 3 times what it would cost here.

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