Are Federal Workers Overpaid?

Are Federal Workers Overpaid?

The average federal worker earns more than the average private-sector worker, but may be paid less to do the same work.

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

A law-school graduate starting at a Washington, DC law firm can expect to earn around $140,000 in their first year. That same graduate starting at the Department of Justice down the street will start at $60,000. While the DOJ lawyer can get up to $10,000 a year to repay student loans, the private sector lawyer should probably pick up the tab at Chef Geoff’s.

Likewise, a mid-career IT Project Manager can expect to earn $80,000 at the Department of Veterans Affairs, but that same position in for a company like AT&T can earn you double that.

Starting a career in federal government is more than just a salary though. Many people choose public service to contribute to the greater good of society or for a greater work-life balance. In many cases, a federal worker may have more responsibility than their private-sector counterpart. For example, a laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control is researching the cure for HIV and a Federal Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations is undercover right now, rooting out the next corruption scandal.

In the federal government, there may be a cap on your earning potential, but not in your potential to affect change for the greater good.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Some of you people think federal workers have never worked in the "commercial world". You don't have a knowledge of people you are talking about. Do you think there is no stress in the federal workplace. There is plenty. richardbass as far as I am concerned you don't have a clue about jack. Federal workers go at a much slower pace do we. You are just the kind of person that makes me doubt the Amercian people. Get lost. Too l;ate you are lost.

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    almost 4 years ago


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    over 4 years ago


    Thanks for making me aware about the whole issue.I heard Orszag saying "I think the key thing to remember about that is the federal workforce is more highly educated than the private workforce".
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    over 4 years ago


    I'm not sure they are overpaid but they certainly do not understand the stress of the commercial world. I've had a few federal employees come to work for me in my debt solutions company and they just go at a much slower pace and have no real sense of urgency.

  • Foto1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well, I really think that federals workers aren't overpaid. They work very specific job and their job is really responsible and I think that they are worth of these money. All people earning depends on how he is skillful and what is the education level of him or her. But it is only a my own position and it would be really interesting to discuss about this subject with other people here. Thanks a lot one more time for the interesting and useful analysis and keep up publishing these great articles in the future too. Regards, Jeremy Watson from bdsm clubs website

  • Up-s8gkb9cq19hkjqj4-l_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    If anything many non management workers are under paid.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    mttyflynn, I concur with your statements. I personally feel the need for a "public option" concerning healthcare, however, with this expansion, who will provide treatment for these people. The rate of primary care docs entering the profession is decreasing, since there's more "money" to be made in specialty care. Will Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants fill the void? I'm no Marxist or Communist either!!

  • Maxdesk


    about 5 years ago


    I am no Marxist or Communist but this counrty does exploit the labor of the lowest end of society, then complains when they want some kind of affordable medical, a majority of which cannot afford at any price. The wealthy have the hubris to think that society owes them so much bec ause of how great they are. If we had an accountant breakdown value by each person's contibution to a good or service sweat vs $ produced vs talent we would really see just how overpaid executives are and how underpaid your average worker is.

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