I would also speak anecdotally, since you like that so much
Posted on: May 17, 2012 at 09:44:29 CT
or at least GAT likes it so much.
Both my wife and I have had the opportunity to apply for government jobs, and my wife has held teaching jobs at universities, and one reason we were less interested in those jobs is because they paid considerably less. Yes, the benefits are nice, but neither of us want to commit to a career for an employer that we don't even know if we'll like or will give us a chance for advancement.
I think for low skill workers, they pay more, particularly when you account for benefits. But not significantly more than a big employer that treats low level employees well. In other words, compare a secretary at a large bank to a government secretary, and you get a better comparison than a government secretary to a call center specialist for instance, even though both may have the same education level.
Edited by Doc_Nice at 09:45:17 on 05/17/12