Need a better job? See Uncle Sam

Next time you hear a federal worker moaning about how tough he has it, take note of this: Federal jobs outpay their private sector counterparts 83 percent of the time, according to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to federal data, a cook on the federal payroll will make roughly $15,000 more than one in the private sector. A public relations manager working for the U.S. government will out-earn his or her private sector counterpart by an average of more than $44,000.

The disparities don't only show up in salaries, though. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, average health, pension and other benefits tally up to $40,785 per federal worker -- compared with just $9,882 per private worker.

Wait, it gets better. Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) now has introduced legislation called the "One American, Many Voices Act," to give a five percent pay raise to all bilingual federal workers. The Obama administration is trying hard to do its part:

[It]says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that "the era of big government is over" and joined forces with a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s to pare back the federal work force. Most of the increases are on the civilian side, which will grow by 153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010.


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