July 15, 2010 by USA Post
FBI Jobs:(USA Today) — I have to admit that I was not surprised when I read the comment piece writer James Sherk’s opinion “Government Jobs: Nice if you can get ‘em,” considering that the writer draws a paycheck from the conservative Heritage Foundation. The piece was blatantly biased, anti-union and seething with contempt for government workers (The Forum, July 07).
Yes, federal workers earn good wages and excellent benefits. What should people in the Department of Defense, NASA, the FBI and other agencies to win? Peanuts? Government employees whose jobs vital, important. wages and benefits are an integral part in attracting and keeping good people.
My main complaint concerns the dubious assertion that the federal average worker earns $ 79,000 a year, compared with $ 50,000 a year for private sector worker. That is a false comparison. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics: “Theanlytical and technical nature of many government agencies resulting in a much higher proportion of professionals, management, business and financial occupations in the Federal Government, compared with all other industries combined.”
The proportion of the types of employees in the federal government is more than double that of private enterprises. That goes a long way toward explaining the difference in average wages.
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