How Does Your Salary Compare to the Private Sector?

By on December 11, 2014 in Pay & Benefits with 20 Comments

Who is paid more on average – federal employees or private sector workers? It’s a debate that has gone on for years that is not likely to be settled anytime soon.

While the answer to this question depends largely on who you ask, there have been some interesting statistics published on the subject. The Congressional Budget Office, for example, published a study in 2012 which showed that average pay for federal employees as compared to private sector workers varies across different areas, such as level of education. Federal workers who had a high school diploma earned more than private sector workers with the same level of education while federal employees with a professional degree or doctorate were generally underpaid relative to their private sector counterparts.

This infographic from Face the Facts USA does a nice job of compiling some of the data surrounding the federal pay debate, highlighting key areas such as the breakout of pay differences across education levels.

So who ultimately comes out ahead on salary overall? That remains for you to decide.

This infographic from Face the Facts USA compiles data on the salary differences between workers in the federal sector vs. those in the private sector

This infographic from Face the Facts USA compiles data on the salary differences between workers in the federal sector vs. those in the private sector

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