The gap between government and contractor compensation has continued to widen, according to a recent survey from the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area and the Professional Services Council, an industry association that represents government contractors.
“Pay for government contractor employees is still higher than the pay for federal employees,” said Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and general counsel of the PSC, in an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose. “And that gap is getting a little wider.”
In the latest survey, which examined and aggregated compensation data for some 450 different types of jobs:
Overall, contractor pay was 7.3 percent above that earned by federal employees
Median contractor pay compared to the previous year increased by 2.1 percent
Median pay in the federal government remained essentially flat compared to the previous year
Contractor “executive” pay levels were, on average, 69 percent higher than federal employee counterparts