The trend to six-figure salaries is occurring throughout the federal government, in agencies big and small, high-tech and low-tech. The primary cause: substantial pay raises and new salary rules. The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.
There is virtually no productivity associated with these increased salaries. The federal, as well as state and local, governments push paper and distribute wealth, they do not create it. Even the paper pushers are inefficient. Furthermore, it is tax revenue neutral. The federal government withholds FICA, Medicare, and income taxes from the tax dollars it pays the employees. Furthermore, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 36.8 percent of government employees belong to unions, compared with just 7.6 percent of workers in the private sector.
The government does not care about productivity; the private sector does. Besides, it is politically incorrect (not to mention politically hazardous) for government agencies to oppose unionization. Here is one of the more insidious effects of increased government employment: Most of these employees are for more expansive government, as it is in their self-interest – their rice bowl, so to speak. They will continue to be a voting bloc for more and more government, at least until, like yeast in the fermentation process, their product kills them.