Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Overpaid?


"I'll be back"
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, line from several movies

According to the Washingtion Times, a study based on 2009 salaries found that,
More than 77,000 federal government employees throughout the country — including computer operators, more than 5,000 air traffic controllers, 22 librarians and one interior designer — earned more than the governors of the states in which they work. ... Of those workers, 18,351 were doctors — the highest percentage. The second-highest total was for 5,170 air traffic controllers. ... In Maryland, 7,283 federal employees — about 7 percent of all full-time federal employees in the state — earned more than Gov. Martin O'Malley’s $150,000 salary. ... nationwide there were 122 park rangers, 271 environmental protection specialists, 14 chaplains and one prison guard who earned more than their governors.
The highest earning governor was California at $212,179 although Arnold Schwarzenegger did not accept the money. Still 703 federal workers in California earned more than that level of pay. Maine’s governor made the lowest salary at $70,000

Bottom Line

Is a governor's salary a reasonable cap for civil servant earnings? You decide. Are some governors underpaid or are we overpaying Federal employees?

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