- President Trump canceled a planned 2.1 percent pay raise for government workers.
- Nearly 2 million federal employees will be affected.
- The raise cancellation by the Trump administration is expected to save the government $25 billion.
President Donald Trump canceled a planned pay raise of 2.1 percent for government workers, excluding military, telling Congress that the increase is “inappropriate” given the current budget, reported CNN. He also canceled an annual adjustment of pay based on a worker’s location known as the “locality pay increase.” The action is expected to affect 1.8 million federal employees and save the government $25 billion.
The president announced the cancellation in a letter to House and Senate leaders on Aug. 30, 2018. Congress can overrule the decision if they pass a spending bill that includes a federal pay raise. The budget passed by the Senate this summer included a 1.9 percent increase for federal workers, but the House version did not address the issue.
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Jobs in the public sector often lag in pay behind those in the private sector — sometimes by as much as 32 percent according to the Federal Salary Council — perhaps because private companies don’t need an act of Congress to adjust wages. If you’re part of the nearly 2 million federal employees facing a pay freeze, you might want to look for a better-paying job.
These Private Sector Jobs Pay More Than Their Government Counterparts
Here are 30 jobs where employees make more in the private sector than they do working for the government in the same or a comparable role:
|Earn More Money With These Jobs in the Private Sector Than in the Government|
|Job||Average Wage in Private Sector||Average Wage in Public Sector|
|Computer and Information Systems Manager||$153,540||$114,290|
|Human Resources Manager||$126,420||$106,510|
|Computer Network Architect||$110,380||$76,610|
|Software Developer, Applications||$107,530||$83,020|
|Urban and Regional Planner||$81,990||$72,800|
|Soil and Plant Scientist||$72,580||$63,450|
|Aircraft Mechanic and Service Technician||$63,040||$59,270|
|Dietitian and Nutritionist||$60,810||$57,840|
|Mechanical Engineering Technician||$58,400||$50,360|
|Plumber, Pipefitter and Steamfitter||$57,120||$56,230|
|Media and Communication Workers||$53,810||$49,580|
|Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates by Ownership|
Trump indicated in his letter that the pay freeze would not affect the government’s ability to hire and retain qualified workers, but with unemployment low and government workers’ pay stagnant, the private sector could appear to be a more attractive place to work.
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