One of the themes we've been harping on around here is that government jobs often pay more than private sector jobs. The New York Times today carries an op-ed piece by money manager David Einhorn that makes this point: "Public sector jobs used to offer greater job security but lower pay. Not anymore. In 2008, according to the Cato Institute, the average federal civilian salary with benefits was $119,982, compared with $59,909 for the average private sector worker; the disparity has grown enormously over the last decade."
Government Jobs Pay More