Chart: Federal versus Private Sector Salary Figures

Very interesting, but definitely not surprising.

Note: This is U.S. data. Sorry for not clarifying sooner!

“Overall, federal workers earned an average salary of $67,691 in 2008 for occupations that exist both in government and the private sector, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The average pay for the same mix of jobs in the private sector was $60,046 in 2008, the most recent data available.”

And let’s just add insult to injury:

“These salary figures do not include the value of health, pension and other benefits, which averaged $40,785 per federal employee in 2008 vs. $9,882 per private worker, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.”

Via Big Government

It’s amazing how some roles have such a big difference in pay, such as Clergy at $70,000 in the government, versus around $40,000 in private sector.

Or Graphic designer at $70,000 versus $46,000 in the private sector.

But maybe the work is different?

I can see that for IT because to me, they’re sort of ambiguous.

IT in general is fairly new as an industry, and we don’t have exact definitions as to what each role does.

A computer systems analyst to someone might be a computer support specialist to another.

But to me, they are two completely different job roles and tasks, which can be subdivided even further depending on what applications we’re talking about.

Then you factor in the actual tasks involved, and setting up a computer for an employee is a different job from doing IT help desk support to troubleshoot a system or any kind of specialized software.

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