A new OPM study finds that federal employees earn 22 percent less than their private sector counterparts doing similar jobs. Now, the study examined straight salary and didn’t factor in benefits. OPM says there is no information to compare federal and non-federal benefits. The findings are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. OPM Director John Berry ordered the study in June, following media reports that feds earn much more money than people in the private sector.
Friedman said several articles, the most recent in the USA Today, are misleading because they are not doing fair comparisons. He said BLS clearly states that is survey is not appropriate for comparing federal and non-federal workers because the occupation statistics survey doesn’t measure level of work.