For study on compensation paid to employees of various states of USA and Private sector employees of USA
Key state-by-state finding:
- California. Public employee compensation rose 28% above the inflation rate from 2000 to 2009 to an average of $71,385 in 2009.
- Nevada. Government employees earned an average of $17,815 more — or 35% — than private workers, the nation’s biggest pay gap. The state’s low-paying private jobs in tourism were the cause, says Bob Potts of the Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
- Texas. The state ranked last in benefits for public employees. The state hasn’t granted cost-of-living increases to most retirees since 2001.
Some states that limit the right of public employees to unionize — such as Texas, Georgia and Virginia — pay less in compensation than the private sector. Massachusetts and New Hampshire generally permit unions but pay less than the private sector in those high-income states.
Federal workers earning double their private counterparts.
4. Source: http://www.nirsonline.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=395
Average public and private workers difference in various states
5. Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/02/working-in-america-public-vs-private-sector/
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2009) show that government workers make about 5 percent more than private sector workers on average.