Reference sources

Reference sources

For study on compensation paid to employees of various states of USA and Private sector employees of USA

1. Source: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-03-01-1Apublicworkers01_ST_N.htm

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.

2. Source: http://reason.org/news/show/public-sector-private-sector-salary

3. Source: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/income/2010-08-10-1Afedpay10_ST_N.htm

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.

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