Federal civilian workers had an average wage of $84,153 in 2014.
That is compared to an average in the private sector of $56,350.
The federal advantage in overall compensation (wages plus benefits) is even greater. Federal compensation averaged $119,934 in 2014.
It was 78 percent higher than the private-sector average of $67,246.
The BEA provides compensation data by industry. The figure shows average compensation in 17 major private industry groups, as well as compensation for federal civilian workers, the military, state and local governments, and federal government enterprises (mainly the postal service).
The federal government has the fourth highest paid workers in the United States, after utilities, mining, and the management of companies.
Federal compensation is higher, on average, than compensation in the information, finance and insurance, and professional and scientific industries.
Federal compensation is more than twice as high as compensation in the education industry, and it is more than three times higher than compensation in the retail trade industry.
No wonder the people in DC like their jobs and do not want to change.