Public Employees Paid More Than Private Workers in 41 States

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Public employees in 41 states earn higher average pay and benefits than private workers in the same state, a USA TODAY analysis finds.  The analysis of government data found “that public employees’ compensation has grown faster than the earnings of private workers since 2000. Primary cause: the rising value of benefits.”Among the findings of the USA Today survey:

California. Public employee compensation rose 28% above the inflation rate from 2000 to 2009 to an average of $71,385 in 2009.

Nevada. Government employees earned an average of $17,815 more — or 35% — than private workers, the nation’s biggest pay gap. The state’s low-paying private jobs in tourism were the cause, says Bob Potts of the centre for Business and Economic Research at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

• Texas. The state ranked last in benefits for public employees. The state hasn’t granted cost-of-living increases to most retirees since 2001.

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