It pays to be a federal employee. The 2.3 million civilian workers — or 1.7 per cent of all U.S. workers — are bringing home more in salary and benefits than private sector employees. The only group that doesn’t benefit from higher wages with a federal salary are those with Ph.Ds, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office. In 2011, the government paid its employees $200 billion. Check out how the money is allocated, and compares to the private sector:
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