Federal Government Pay Up Amid Recession

Here is yet another article reporting on the growing size of government’s payroll, even in the midst of recession: For feds, more 6-figure salaries. And here are the most notable quotes from the USA Today story:

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.

The highest-paid 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.

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.

Free from the pressures of competition (and voluntary customers), government continues its growth.

3 Responses to Federal Government Pay Up Amid Recession

  1. […] in compensation is particularly troubling in this  time of economic downturn, as I have noted in several previous […]

  2. […] written on the pay gap several times before (here and here and here), but this new report explicitly shows a side-by-side comparison of like jobs. It found […]

  3. […] posts on government pay and compensation can be viewed here, here and […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: