How is it people can make the argument that federal workers are underpaid when compared to their private sector counterparts? Seems counterintuitive, doesn't it? The Washington Post digs down inside the numbers to dispel that myth and a few others about public sector employees.
The Congressional Research Service reported in 2009 that private industry pays higher salaries than the government for PhD-level employees in computer science, information science, mathematics, statistics, biological sciences, environmental life sciences, chemistry, economics, and civil, architectural, electrical and computer engineering. In addition, the average private-sector salary in 2010 for a recent college graduate was $48,661. Entry-level federal workers start at $34,075, or $42,209 for candidates with superior academic achievement.