Government pay gained over private sector in 2010
The Labor Department's newest figures on employer compensation costs came out last month, showing that pay for the average state and local government worker was 45 percent more than for the average private-sector worker. That's a slight increase in the 44 percent gap from 2009. The gap has stayed pretty steady, however, in the last decade.
The average private-sector worker made $19.64 per hour in wages or salary in December, while the average state and local government worker earned $26.42 per hour. (For some reason federal worker pay isn't surveyed.) The gap between benefits for private sector workers and those for state and government workers was larger: $13.86 an hour in benefits for the government workers vs. $8.11 for the private sector folks.
All told, the government workers made $40.28 an hour while the private sector workers made $27.75.
So the benefits for public sector workers were 71 percent higher than those for the private sector. Of course this is all fodder for the raging debate over public pensions. Many argue that government workers are more highly trained and have greater skills than those in the private sector. Len Lazarick at MarylandReporter.com has a good summary of where things stand on pension legislation in Maryland.
Benefits for state and government workers
state and local government worker made $40.28 an hour but the benefits were $13.86;