The USA Today reported in 2011 that statistically, federal employees are more likely to die than to be fired or laid off. The federal government fires only about one-half of one percent of its workers annually–compared to the the private sector, which fires about 3% of workers annually.
“White-collar federal workers,” the USA Today reported, “have almost total job security after a few years on the job. [In 2010] the government fired none of its 3,000 meteorologists, 2,500 health insurance administrators, 1,000 optometrists, 800 historians or 500 industrial property managers. Several huge agencies, such as the 1,800-employee Federal Communications Commission and the 1,200-employee Federal Trade Commission didn’t lay off or fire a single employee [in 2010]. The SBA had no layoffs, six firings and 17 deaths in its 4,000-employee workforce.
Now a new Cato Institute report finds that Federal pay averaged $84,153 in 2014, compared to an average in the private sector of $56,350.
And when pension, medical and other benefits are added, federal employees averaged an astounding $119,934 in 2014, which was 78 percent higher than the private-sector average of $67,246.
This places the AVERAGE federal employee near the “one-percenter” category that some people claim are controlling the country. See here.