The average state government worker makes $50,350. The average private sector worker makes $43,889. That is a 14% difference.Wow, 33% more than private jobs!
And don’t get me started on fringe benefits.
The Las Vegas Sun had a story on Sunday comparing what state workers in Nevada compared to what state employees make in other states.
That’s not the question.
How much do they make compared to the people in Nevada who don’t work for the state. That is the pool of workers from which the state of Nevada hires.
State workers there make $54,831 a year.
Private sector workers make $42,825 a year.
State workers in Nevada make 28% more in pay alone. Plus better benefits — more state holidays, more sick leave, earlier retirement, defined benefits retirement — than the people in the private sector.
That makes no sense. These are mainly clerical jobs.
But in state after state, that is the case. Taxpayers make less than their employees.
In California, state workers make $66,928 a year.
Everyone else averages $50,182 a year.
That’s a 33% difference.
Is it any wonder that California state government is running up a $42 billion deficit?
I had to check where Wisconsin stacks up. Darned if we don't make California look like misers.
Our under-compensated state employees make $16,974 more than private sector. And because WI private employees make significantly less than those in California, our discrepancy is 45.4% more being paid to our public servants. Only Iowa is worse.
Doing some simple math, if Wisconsin state employees were only paid the national average of $6,461 more than private workers, our $6+ billion dollar deficit would quickly evaporate.
Here's the list.
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