Study: Public Employees in 41 States Earn More than Private-sector Workers
USA Today finds a $2,500 gap between public- and private-sector compensation.
Government workers in Wisconsin -- and 40 other states -- earn higher salaries and receive better benefits than private-sector workers in the same state, according to a new analysis by USA Today.
The findings will likely be used to bolster the positions of Republicans in Wisconsin and other states who are seeking to restrict unionized teachers' collective bargaining rights and require them to pay a larger portion of their benefits.
On average, public workers earned $57,775 annually in salary and benefits -- about $2,511 more than the average private-sector worker, according to the newspaper's study.
The newspaper's analysis also found that public employees' compensation has grown at a faster rate than that of private workers since 2000, largely due to improving benefits.
The study didn't control for specific jobs, education or other factors, prompting some critics to question its methodology.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
The Week in Public Finance: Bankruptcy Scares, Superdowngrades and Shopping in Pennsylvania9 hours ago
Illinois Governor Makes Cuts to Health Care for State's Poor10 hours ago
All Students at a Seattle High School Refuse to Take Standardized Tests11 hours ago
Arkansas Legislative Session Ends With Unfinished Business11 hours ago
Dear Obama, This Is Why Maine's Governor Opposes a New National Park15 hours ago
Florida House Seeks End to Budget Stalemate15 hours ago