WASHINGTON, April 28 State and local employees
are often paid less than their counterparts in the U.S. private
sector, even though public sector employees typically have more
education, according to a report released on Wednesday.
State workers typically earn 11 percent less than private
sector employees with comparable education and work experience,
while local workers are paid 12 percent less, according to the
The report was commissioned by the Center for State and
Local Government Excellence and the National Institute on
Keith Bender and John Heywood, both economists from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, analyzed federal labor data
reaching back 20 years and found that state and local
compensation has been declining relative to private
Public employees also have lower total compensation, which
includes health care, than workers in the private sector. And
state and local employees are twice as likely to hold a college
degree or higher than are private sector employees, the report
Since the recession began in 2007, public employees have
lost jobs or had to take unpaid days to help state and local
governments keep their budgets in balance.
"Although the current recession calls for equal sacrifice,
the long-term pattern indicates that state and local workers
are not, on average, overcompensated," said the report.
The report did not mention contractors or provide detail on
how the private companies that are increasingly being hired to
perform public jobs pay their employees.
(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Leslie Adler)