We are paying $2 trillions+ in salary and benefits for 22 millions gov’t workers in a year!!!

Here’s a chart of ALL government employees:

Government Employees

~22,000,000 Gov’t workers?! I didn’t realise it was that high.

The average Gov’t pay is much higher than the national average (this is known) private employee pay, but let’s use the national average pay of $42,000. $42,000 X 22,000,000 = $924,000,000,000 annually. But that doesn’t include benefits, so we can safely double that to ~$2,000,000,000,000 ($2T). Don’t forget that average salaries for Gov’t are much higher than the national average, but lets be generous and go with the simple, low number of $2T annually in gov’t salaries and benefits.

Now, the national average private employee pay of $42,000 per person. Let’s estimate federal taxes paid out – so let’s settle at 20% of pay is for fed taxes. 20% X $42,000 = $8400. So that means it takes the taxes from ~11 private company employees to pay the salaries and benefits of 1 Gov’t worker. 11 x 22,000,000 = 242,000,000. That means it takes the taxes of 242M private company employees to pay JUST gov’t wages and benefits, assuming the low average pay of $42,000 per gov’t worker.

How many working citizens of the US are there? And where does the rest of the money come from to pay for gov’t activities, social programs, etc?

Federal employees owe $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes

About 98,000 federal, postal and congressional employees owed $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes at the end of fiscal 2010, according to recordsprovided by the Internal Revenue Service. The total number of delinquent employees dipped slightly from 2009, but the amount owed jumped by $32 million.

The figures are “totally unacceptable and disrespectful to hardworking American taxpayers,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). “If you’re on the federal payroll, the very least you can do is pay your taxes.”



– Eneg



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    “The average Gov’t pay is much higher than the national average (this is known)”

    No it’s not?


    For college educated its about the same, and for “terminal education” (J.D., Ed.D., Ph.D, M.D., etc) federal employees are less well paid.
    From the article “Overall, the federal government paid 2 percent more in total wages than it would have if average wages had been comparable with those in the private sector, after accounting for certain observable characteristics of workers.”

    Next is the “2.2 trillion dollars” Where-ever they got this number, they missed by a decimal place. I am certain they meant 220 billion, or 0.22 trillion


    For the actual March 2010 data see


    And with these numbers, so what? If we fired all the private sector employees and took their wages as taxes you’d get a lot more. Who is going to do the work of the dismissed federal workers. The private system needs federal help – it can’t provide the services the federal government does.

    Honestly – it’s like “I am too hungry to go to work, therefore I’ll save energy by not eating”