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1 of Every 5 Government Employees Has a 6-Figure Salary

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$100,000 per year works out to be about $48/hr...


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1 of Every 5 Government Employees Has a 6-Figure Salary

The U.S. government pays employees a total of about $1 million per minute, according to a watchdog group’s report on the sprawling federal bureaucracy.

Looking at 78 large agencies, the nonprofit organization OpenTheBooks.com found that the average salary of a federal employee exceeds $100,000 and that roughly 1 in 5 of those on the government payroll has a six-figure salary.

Almost 30,000 rank-and-file government employees make over $190,823, more than any governor of the 50 states.

“Our oversight report shows the size, scope, and power of the administrative state,” Adam Andrzejewski, Open the Books’ CEO and founder, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “Two million federal bureaucrats have salaries, extraordinary perquisites, and lifetime pension benefits. This compensation package has never been seen in the private sector.”

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The median wage for all American workers was $44,148 a year for a 40-hour work week in the final quarter of 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Andrzejewski said the Open the Books report, released Tuesday and including an interactive map of the 2 million federal bureaucrats by ZIP code, is meant to educate taxpayers on where their dollars are going.

So what about those perks?

When federal employees reach the third anniversary of their employment, he said, “they get eight and a half weeks’ paid time off,” including “10 holidays, 13 sick days, and 20 vacation days.” [Correction: The word “plus” has been replaced with “including” to convey his meaning accurately.]

“We estimate those perks alone cost the American taxpayer $22.6 billion a year,” Andrzejewski said.

With the government paying the disclosed workforce $1 million per minute, according to the report, every eight-hour workday costs taxpayers more than $500 million.

A total of 406,960 employees make a six-figure income, amounting to roughly 1 in 5 employees. From 2010 through 2016, the number of federal employees making more than $200,000 increased by 165 percent.

“People are really hungry for these hard facts, they are interested in searching their little piece of the swamp,” Andrzejewski told The Daily Signal.


An image from the report. (Photo: OpenTheBooks.com)

Among other findings of the report, called “Mapping the Swamp: A Study of the Administrative State”:

—A small federal agency in San Francisco, Presidio Trust, paid out three of the government’s four largest bonuses, including the largest in fiscal year 2016. The biggest bonus, $141,525, went to a personnel manager who did payroll.

—The Postal Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs employ over half of all disclosed federal workers, at 32 percent of and 19 percent, respectively.

—About 2 million “undisclosed” employees work for the Defense Department, including active military duty. Their compensation, including $1 billion in bonuses and $125 billion in pensions, amounts to $221 billion per year.

Federal workers are paid a “new minimum wage,” Open the Books argues, because the average employee at 78 of the 122 departments and independent agencies reviewed makes $100,000 or more.

“Congress should hold hearings to bring transparency to all the information we’re still missing, including performance bonuses and pension payouts,” Andrzejewski said in a prepared statement. “It’s time to squeeze out waste from compensation and stop abusive payroll practices.”
 

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One thing we know, the current POTUS isn't getting paid a dime
 

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$100k isn't what it used to be. But far too much for a govt employee. I'm their boss and can see that we are not getting an equal return on our investment.
 

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AND they retire at an even HIGHER rate !!

:rage 1
 

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The Truth about Taxes

Bernie’s tax returns are out. He just lost NY so maybe it’s irrelevant now, but there’s still a point to be made and a lesson to learn. I listened to Jason Stapleton’s Show, I guess on Monday, where he really lays into Sanders for wanting to give the shirt off of everybody else’s back but then only gave 8% of his earnings to charity. It was also mentioned, and it’s been mentioned by others as well, that Bernie only paid 13% in taxes. But, guess what? And, here’s the bombshell.

He didn’t pay ANY taxes! This is a difficult concept for a lot of people to grasp when they can see, with their own eyes, a check made out by Bernie and sent to the IRS. How can I say that he doesn’t pay any taxes?

I guess we should start with asking, where do taxes come from? They come out of the produce of the economy; people and businesses produce wealth and the government takes part of that wealth in taxes.

The second question is, where does Bernie’s income come from? Taxes of course. Not quite all of his income but most of it comes from his salary from being a Senator from Vermont.

Consider these two points for a moment and you’ll realize that Bernie Sanders contributes very little in the way of producing wealth and the majority of his income is derived from taking the wealth of others.

So then, he contributes nothing to the U.S. treasury.

Let’s think of it another way. If you give me $100 and I turn around and give you $10, it is only an accounting statement to say that I gave you $10. In reality, I gave you nothing. On balance, you only gave me $90.

The majority of Sanders’ income is a drag on the economy. He isn’t a producer and he isn’t a contributor; he lives like a leech at the expense of others.

Now that we’re done picking on Sanders, we can expand on the principles. If the majority, or if all, of a person’s income comes from the state, they are tax recipients and not taxpayers.

This would apply to EPA agents and OSHA regulators, the guys who work for the Anti-Trust Division of the Department of Justice, and the people who fill all the government agencies from the FCC to the DoD.


Yes, I went there. A full time soldier whose sole income comes from the Military is not a taxpayer, but a tax recipient. It is just a gimmick to have federal employees and soldiers pay taxes, it is not much more than propaganda.
For the sake of efficiency, they should only be required to file if they have some other source of income, and most do not.

If they do, it could get tricky. There are Senators who do contribute to the economy, and there are those who take tax money who are mostly private individuals or companies. Privates in the national guard who make $150 a month for drill, but earn $2,500 a week in the market are still tax payers, though that changes when they get deployed, and their sole income comes from being a soldier.

The question to ask is whether or not an individual on net takes out of the Treasury, pays into it, or breaks even. I try my best to break even; I don’t want the state to get my money, and I don’t want to end up with someone else’s hard earned money either.
 

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I listened to Jason Stapleton’s Show, I guess on Monday, where he really lays into Sanders for wanting to give the shirt off of everybody else’s back but then only gave 8% of his earnings to charity. It was also mentioned, and it’s been mentioned by others as well, that Bernie only paid 13% in taxes. But, guess what? And, here’s the bombshell.
The rest of the article aside, Sanders is a "Do as I say, not as I do" political hack.
A typical socialist/commie.


The majority of Sanders’ income is a drag on the economy. He isn’t a producer and he isn’t a contributor; he lives like a leech at the expense of others.
A full time soldier whose sole income comes from the Military is not a taxpayer, but a tax recipient. It is just a gimmick to have federal employees and soldiers pay taxes, it is not much more than propaganda. For the sake of efficiency, they should only be required to file if they have some other source of income, and most do not.
Remember, federal income tax began as a tax on federal employees.
Soldiers should be exempt BUT all these none producing, tit suckering leeches, need ether their incomes slashed or pay taxes. Why should they live off of us AND have it tax free ???
 

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If I was working for the government making 100k a year it would be justified...............

For certain professions, yes. For a janitor, no.
 

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Nick said "Salary freeze time."
obummer froze our pay for 6-8 years and I'm nowhere near 100k however I would give up my job in a heart beat if I thought it would help anyone. I am not in a managerial position I do work that makes sure that we get what the taxpayers pay for, over sight kind of like a check valve. I work for HHS medical research. most of it is not something a private company would do because there is no profit to be made.
 

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The sad thing is the other 5 employees catch hell over this, and then some moron averages out the salaries and cries about how over paid we are. We are top heavy with political types too...
 

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Pension is 85% of salary. Many manipulate the sick days and vacation days the last couple of years to spike their salary at the end thus making that 85% almost 100%.

Meanwhile in fly over country millions struggle on $30,000 a year ................economic and political train wreck cometh.