The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 14, 2010
Study: State workers earn less than private-sector counterparts

The Center for Economic Policy and Research has a new report that looks at government pay, "The Wage Penalty for State and Local Government Employees."

From the introduction:

When state and local government employees are compared to private-sector workers with similar characteristics -- particularly when workers are matched by age and education -- state and local workers actually earn 4 percent less, on average, than their private-sector counterparts. For women workers, the public-sector penalty is about 2 percent of earnings; for men, it is about 6 percent of earnings.

Here's a chart from the 20-page report that illustrates the education disparity between state and local government employees and the general population:

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Click here to download the report. Thanks to blog user A for making us aware of the study.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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