Salaries for those toiling…or hardly, on the taxpayer dime, saw their wages take monumental leaps – and you and I paid for it.
Federal employees making salaries of
$100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the
recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and
bonuses are counted.
Federal workers are enjoying an
extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that
has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.
federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense
Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from
1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure
available. [NOTE: this represents the 119% leap shown above.]
When the recession started, the Transportation
Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more.
Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000.
Jessica Klement, a government works in the Office of Personnel Management says the reason for the high-pay is because your government needs many, many highly skilled workers, such “as scientists, physicians and lawyers.” Really?
USA TODAY analyzed the Office of
Personnel Management’s database that tracks salaries of more than 2
million federal workers. Excluded from OPM’s data: the White House,
Congress, the Postal Service, intelligence agencies and uniformed
The growth in six-figure salaries has
pushed the average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with
$40,331 in the private sector.
Good grief – look at this:
Many top civil servants are prohibited from
making more than an agency’s leader. But if Congress lifts the boss’
salary, others get raises, too. When the Federal Aviation
Administration chief’s salary rose, nearly 1,700 employees’ had their
salaries lifted above $170,000, too.
Read the whole report here.