The Wage Penalty For State And Local Government Employees In New England
Recent reports in the national and the regional media have described state and local government employees as earning more than workers in the private sector. The average state and local government worker does earn higher wages - but this is because they are, on average, older and substantially better educated than private-sector workers. More than half (55.4 percent) of state and local government employees in New England have a four-year college degree or more, and almost one-third (29.8 percent) have an advanced degree. By contrast, only 37.9 percent of private-sector workers have a four-year college degree or more; and only 13.3 percent have an advanced degree.