The federal government pays about 17 percent more in total compensation—including both wages and benefits—than the private sector does for similar workers, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office.

“Overall,” CBO concluded, “total compensation was about 17 percent higher, on average, for federal workers than for similar private-sector workers, indicating that the government spent about 17 percent more on total compensation than it would have if it provided its employees compensation equal to that of their private-sector counterparts.”

“For workers with a bachelor’s degree or less, the cost of total compensation averaged about $60 per hour worked for federal employees, compared to about $46 per hour worked for employees in the private sector with similar observable characteristics,” said the CBO.

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