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Federal workers earning $150,000 or more make up 3.9 percent of the government workforce, up from 0.4 percent in 2005, according to analysis of Office of Personnel Management data by USA Today. The percentages represent a tenfold increase in the past five years and have doubled since President Obama took office.

The analysis found, for example, that the Defense Department had nine civilians earning $170,000 or more in 2005, 214 when Obama took office and 994 in June.

The biggest pay increases have gone to employees who have been with the government for 15 to 24 years. Since 2005, average salaries for that group climbed 25 percent despite a 9 percent inflation rate.

Some lawmakers plan to challenge the president's plan to give a 1.4 percent across-the-board pay raise to 2.1 million federal workers. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who will head the panel overseeing federal pay, says he wants a pay freeze and prefers a 10 percent cut.

Colleen Kelley of the National Treasury Employees Union called the proposed raise "modest" and said it is needed to help make government salaries more comparable with those in the private sector.
Filed Under: Budget, Economy, Barack Obama

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watsonkbsj

Even worse, is that per another article http://www.aolnews.com/surge-desk/article/number-of-federal-workers-earning-over-150000-doubles-under-obama/19714820?icid=sphere_aolnews the typical government worker makes 30-40% more than one in the private sector... and government workers have been the bulk of the increase of jobs since the last presidential election. So, don't just multiply those wages by the increase, be sure to include a multiplication of the unfunded pension liabilities... BECAUSE the bulk of those government workers are UNION workers. I don't know any other industry where the "employer" (i.e., the government) controls the hire and pay of the employees who then control the hire (via their votes) of the employer.

November 13 2010 at 4:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stuabaptis

You know; lets get something clear, all of this retoric aimed at blaming High Paid federal Workers is crap. The vast majority of federal workers make less than 40,000 a year and I wonder how many of those that make over a 100,000 actually live in high cost areas where their civilian counterparts also make more than 100,000... akso, guess what? Anymore you have to have a college degree and certifications to be a federal worker and when I check salery wizard.com I make much less than civilians with my degree and required certifications.

November 11 2010 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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fayenixa

I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY. MY HUSBAND IS A RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, AND THE MAJORITY OF HIS FELLOW WORKERS DIDN'T COME CLOSE TO MAKING ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND A YEAR---UNLESS, THEY WERE POLITICIANS, WHO ARE SHAMEFULLY PAID HIGH SALARIES AND AFTER A TERM OR SO, THEY LEAVE THE JOB WITH UNBELIEVABLE LIFETIME RETIREMENT BENEFITS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SYSTEM.

November 12 2010 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ajcook111

Federal employees should not be earning $150,000 a year especially in such large numbers. However, most republicans consider $250,000 a year to be barely middle class and are fighting for huge tax cuts for people who earn much more than that.

November 10 2010 at 7:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
debbiboo

Colleen Kelley of the National Treasury Employees Union called the proposed raise "modest" and said it is needed to help make government salaries more comparable with those in the private sector. Comparable? This lady doesn't live in the real world. I haven't had a raise of any kind in over 8 years in the private sector. Have had a temporary paycut(since returned), but I am thankful for my job. These people think they are entitled, but they are just as lucky to have a job.

November 10 2010 at 3:27 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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Michael

Federal employee total compensation including health and retirement benefits is far greater on average than the compensation of the suffering citizens who carry them. I guess Democrats think the generous packages will "trickle down" on the taxpayers.

November 10 2010 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jfear42348

This should be a clear indication that our government is out of touch with really america. Jim

November 10 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
sah5151

If you look at California and New York government employees you will probably find alot of people making more than $150000 plus benefits that are 6 times better than the average americans. Both states are bankrupt and want the Fed to bail them out. Yet now we find that the Feds have increased Federal spending by 24% in the last two years alone. A 24% increase is over $900 Billion dollars a year and now here come government run health care. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

November 10 2010 at 11:49 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
mgl53

I wonder how much the highest paid Wall Street Bankers bonuses have jumped since 2005.

November 10 2010 at 11:36 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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jhenry8843

what does the Wall Street Bankers bonuses have to do with this article. They are not spending taxpayers money. If the stockholders are satisfied it is no one elses business. Those eating on the public menu is the business of all taxpayers and the democrats (Obama) have increased the public payroll greater than any President in history.

November 10 2010 at 4:39 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
tlcanimal

a number of the country's wealthiest households are tightly concentrated in counties around the nation's capital. Six of the richest counties lie on the outskirts of Washington: Fairfax County, Va., Arlington County, Va., Stafford County, Va., Prince William County, Va., Charles County, Md., and Alexandria City, Va. Forbes

November 10 2010 at 11:20 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Cathie

Look not only to the DOD, but closely scrutinize the wages of those in the DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (the Republican's HUGE AND UNNECESSARY, mostly inefficient, exapnsion of gov't that no one ever mentions)and the workers for THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE (another HUGE AND UNNECESSARY, and generally useless, republican increase in gov't that gets away without ever being mentioned).

November 10 2010 at 11:08 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
necamw

My father was a federal employee for over 35 years & never made more than $65,000. Who are these people making over $150,000??? If they want to do a freeze or a 10 percent paycut, why not do what my employer did this past year - wage freeze plus all employees making over $80,000/year took a 2-week unpaid furlow. Upper management can weather 2 weeks unpaid better than a secretary or janitor making $20,000.

November 10 2010 at 10:41 AM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply
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Michael

Or do what my employer did: first cut headcount 15%, then go bankrupt and leave everyone looking for work.

November 10 2010 at 7:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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