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  • My tale
    Time Bandit
    I was a contractor with the Navy at the WNY, originally I started in 2000 making $25k. When I left in 2009, I was making $42k a year. The new contracting company I went to hired me at $49k, unfortunately that job didn't last a year and I was laid off since funding was pulled. Next job I found was with a mortgage company, that was $37k. Only lasted 6 months, housing market was tanking further in the hole. The job I have now is an Admin Asst, whopping salary is $31k. I am not one to feel "entitled" to make more, I take what I can get. When I was a contractor, I wanted to get a job in the gov't. But at the time you had to know someone with pull to vouch for you, if you were not an ex buddy, friend or family member..forget it. Now....you couldn't pay me enough to work for the gov't, those who were in longer or under the better retirement plan are better off. Those newbies thinking about going into the gov't, you may want to consider something else.
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  • Solve Problems
    Goshkruse
    The report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office suggested that some federal government employees earn more than their private sector counterparts of equal or similar education levels (www.cbo.gov/publication/42921). However the report also suggested that many federal government employees also earn much less than their counterparts. There’re clearly inconsistencies in the system, but it’s hard to offer any praise to any political wonks that offer across the board solutions, but fail to address these underlying problems. Republicans simply prefer to throw government employees under the bus simply because it’s red meat for their Tea-Bag simpletons and good financially for their corporate campaign donors. Actual leaders would address the existing imbalances and look to correct them while carefully considering the economics of change. For any attempt to address this problem, economics must be a major consideration. The government is the largest single employer in the country. What happens when that employer lays employees off, reduces wages, or reduces benefits? Those changes start with a small ripple through the economy, but can easily become a tidal wave. Consider this, changes involving such a large workforce would then justify corporate America to do likewise to increase their almighty profit margin. A small ripple now causes many more employees, both public and private sector, to have much less income, which then equates to less spending power. Less spending power means fewer services and less manufacturing. Yes, carefully consider that changes to the government workforce may well affect your own wages and benefits. If political wonks aren’t careful, this can easily be the first domino in a quickly turning downward spiral. My suggestion is to encourage political leaders to focus upon what’s broken and think carefully before acting. If you have a broken car, you need to get into the garage and get your hands dirty. Putting a little less gas in the tank isn’t going to fix your car. Nothing is ever easy; life is hard work. Vote for people who solve problems, not people who promise you only red meat!
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  • Nonsense
    SGT Pepper
    I left a job in the private sector (Managing Auditor in a mid-size Accounting firm) that paid 31% more in salary, to take my current job as a fed (Supv. Revenue Agent). My total compensation package at my current job when all is calculated is 26% less than my previous job. All of my agents earn less than their counterparts at my previous employer. The only person who earned more than her private sector counterpart was my secretary. But she retired a year ago and has never been replaced so even that argument is out the window. This is all political BS.
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  • Hmmm
    voiceofreason
    Why would you leave a job paying more money ... You cant eat job satisfaction ...
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  • Some Apples to Apples..but not all apples are the same
    Lisa Lisa
    I think there are tiers to how to do this pay comparison but unfortunately, the tiers will be excessively long. For instance. You COULD compare an master electrician in govt to that of civilian..but you could not compare a civvy electrician that works on residential homes if they are working on commercial buildings that have interior and exterior electrical issues as well as a centralized computerized system. Same with an heating, vent and AC guy (HVAC), one could assume you could compare govt & civvy, but again, one has to break it down to commercial vs residential-which would have completely different equipment and services Houses have a furnace, maybe heat pump and condensor unit. Most fed buildings or commercial have extensively huge systems that maintain large buildings. So pay debate can only be the same if they are compared based on the level of equip and specialized services they provide. There are just too many variables to allow for direct comparisons on many jobs. A sales clerk? Ok..that one I think would have comparibles.
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  • POGO and the Shadow Government of Contractors
    Radar Tech
    The non-profit non-partisan Project On Government Oversight (POGO) reported that the average total compensation for contractors doing the exact same job as a federal worker was 1.8 times as much as the total compensation for the federal worker. There are at least 4.2 contractors working for the government for every federal worker. Federal workers are drawing near the end of a 2 year pay freeze. The pay freeze did NOTHING to reduce the deficit. Contractors working for the government did not receive a pay freeze. Now you know why a 2 year pay freeze for government employees doesn't touch the budget of deficit. There are 4 times as many contractors as federal employees and they are making nearly double what the federal employee makes. Those are the facts.
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