No Raise Because of Trump? These 30 Private Sector Jobs Pay More

Are you one of the 2 million employees facing a pay freeze?
  • 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
JobAverage Wage in Private SectorAverage Wage in Public Sector
Dentist$232,140$165,030
Petroleum Engineer$155,910$99,140
Computer and Information Systems Manager$153,540$114,290
Marketing Manager$146,300$104,290
Human Resources Manager$126,420$106,510
Pharmacist$121,970$118,470
Computer Network Architect$110,380$76,610
Nurse Practitioner$107,640$105,790
Software Developer, Applications$107,530$83,020
Art Director$103,930$75,170
Veterinarian$101,990$90,200
Financial Analyst$100,550$74,800
Electrical Engineer$99,700$97,650
Psychologist$95,800$92,300
Civil Engineer$92,750$88,900
Sociologist$90,770$76,840
Statistician$90,610$84,510
Computer Programmer$88,580$74,890
Physical Therapist$88,580$74,890
Budget Analyst$82,140$75,330
Urban and Regional Planner$81,990$72,800
Technical Writer$74,600$71,120
Compliance Officer$74,220$68,290
Soil and Plant Scientist$72,580$63,450
Sales Representative$63,070$58,460
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

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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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