Federal employees make on average 26 percent less than their private sector counterparts.
The National Federation of Federal Employees said the Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Friday shows a “substantial disparity” in private-public pay.
“Federal employees have known for years that lower pay was one of the many sacrifices they made by choosing to serve their country. This may however come as a surprise to those in Congress calling for draconian cuts to federal pay and benefits as a means to ‘bring federal compensation more in line with the private sector.’ The reality is that bringing federal compensation practices in line with the private sector would require a hefty pay increase for federal workers,” said NFFE President William Dougan in a statement.
The pay gap announcement came during a BLS report to the Federal Salary Council, which determines locality pay each year.
Last year’s pay gap was 24 percent. Federal employees are in the midst of a two-year pay freeze that started in 2011.
The growing gap is “not surprising” considering the pay freeze, said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, in a statement.
“Clearly, that is a substantial contribution by federal employees, who should not be asked to make further sacrifices — such as cuts to their benefits, increased pension contributions with no boost in their annuity and detrimental changes in their pension calculation formula — unless and until those at the top of our economic system have made an appropriate contribution to deficit reduction,” Kelley said.