Salary council: Feds earnings not comparable to private sector

Federal employees earn about 20 percent less than those in the private sector performing similar jobs, the Federal Salary Council reported at its annual meeting this week.

According to the new calculations, on average feds made 23.1 percent less than their private sector counterparts, a gap that accounts for the locality pay adjustments in certain areas of the country with a higher cost of living and higher overall wages.

The Office of Personnel Management on Oct. 21, provided the salary information to the council. The council then determines the pay gap using U.S. Department of Labor data that compares the salaries.

“The Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act (FEPCA) was passed in 1990 specifically to narrow that gap, but it’s never been fully implemented. Instead, too many years of zero or below-market raises for federal workers have been unable to keep up with private companies, and the gap persists,” National Treasury Employees Union National President Tony Reardon, a member of the council, said.

“The pay gap is a national problem because it affects federal agencies and employees in every city, town and suburb where job candidates too often opt for the bigger private sector paycheck,” he added

In 2020 federal employees received an average pay increase of 3.1 percent, which may have helped narrow the gap from 26.71 percent in 2019, NTEU said in a news release.

Reader comments

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Obama administration (including clueless Biden) went along and froze federal salaries. They had to do this for one reason only, to pay off the crooked banking and insurance companies. Remember they paid into their election campaigns and at that time they needed to return a favor to the companies so that the CEOS could rake in 2000% performance bonuses for doing nothing of importance. Clinton administration also destroyed civil service.

Tue, Oct 27, 2020 Craig

Thanks Obama. Remember when Obama froze federal salaries for about three years? Pepperidge Farms remembers.

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

99 percent of Federal employees do nothing. When I work for them it was in possible. Because HR did not want to do nothing or the agency. Especially the VA cause there a vet. I was one and work every day for 20 years accept weekend and was a supervisor. there at VA

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

No democrat or republican administration (including the congress and senate) will do anything to resolve this issue. Idiots like Pelosi, Schumer, Paul, McConnel and Cortez are lining their pocket books and bank accounts at the expense of the tax payers and hard working federal employees/

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

The management scum and minions at the Big Outfit in Bethesda, would write each other up for large cash bonuses while hard working non-management employees got nominal or marginal performance reviews. The management stooges would hire their friends and family over the long term productive employees who had no chance of promotion. The administrative and executive officers would help in tailor made job descriptions that often were posted secretly without the other employees hearing about it. A book could be written on how these scum operate on a daily basis and never are held accountable for their illegal manipulation of civil service laws and regulations.

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