Data Shows State Employees Earn 2x More Than Private Sector

LANSING (WWJ)  The Governor’s office is looking at new data which shows that Michigan state employees are making more than twice the workers in the private sector.

“It does show a relative imbalance in some ways, it’s one of the issues we have to look at, Snyder said.  “I don’t want to over react, these are the facts, then you have to dig in to say, “What would be a comparable basis of apples to apples?”, …. this is macro-data, but it does raise some serious questions that need to be addressed,” Snyder told WWJ’s Tim Skubick.

Governor Rick Snyder is reviewing data that says the private sector made about $40,000 in 2009 compared to the public sector which was at $85,000- more than double the average of the private sector.

The lobbyists for UAW Local 6000, which represent 1000’s of state employees, are rejecting the Governor Snyder data.  

Ray Holman with the UAW says it’s not true, “You’re talking about state workers that are attorneys, engineers, have Masters Degrees in social work, are making decisions that affect people’s  lives.  You need to have competent people. Again, if you are comparing average private sector employee who works at a fast food place that doesn’t have a college education, then, yeah, it’s worthless.”

“I didn’t tell them to get to this number or that number, they simply went and got data,” Snyder stated. 

When asked about the accuracy of the data, Snyder said, “Well, good hard-working people put this data together. If other people want to bring other data forward, we should look at it.”

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  1. M Battles says:

    The levels of incompetency of these so-called highly educated state workers has been evident for some time now, otherwise the State wouldn’t be embroiled in a lawsuit with a Judge waiting to assign an Emergency Manager to take over the DHS. Speaking as a CASA with experience, if most of these overpaid state employees had to find a job in the private sector, particularly without union protection, they would be hard-pressed to get hired.

  2. M Battles says:

    As a starter:

    Job: Social Worker (MSW)
    Hourly Rate by Years Experience
    Years Experience

    National Hourly Rate Data (?
    All compensation data shown are gross, national 25th to 75th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.

    Hourly rates:
    Less than 1 year $12.32 – $19.63

    1-4 years $16.06 – $23.39
    5-9 years $18.17 – $24.98
    10-19 years $19.86 – $29.75
    20 years or more $21.72 – $31.62
    PayScale
    Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Jan 2011

    AND

    Job: Social Worker (MSW)
    Hourly Rate by Employer Type

    National Hourly Rate Data (?
    All compensation data shown are gross, national 25th to 75th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.

    Hospital $19.25 – $25.96
    Non-Profit Organization $15.26 – $22.75
    Company $17.97 – $24.94
    Government – State & Local $16.97 – $27.79
    Private Practice/Firm $18.36 – $30.75
    Other Organization $15.86 – $24.44
    School / School District $13.85 – $21.36
    Contract $15.42 – $31.03
    Government – Federal $17.35 – $23.89
    Self-Employed $21.00 – $75.00
    College / University $16.00 – $20.48
    Franchise n/a Not enough data
    Foundation / Trust n/a Not enough data
    Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Jan 2011 |
    http://www.payscale.com

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