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It Pays To Work At The White House

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In the past five years, the amount of federal workers earning $150,000 has upped tenfold. And despite the recession, it has doubled since President Obama took office.

We had no idea our budget was fit for pay raises!

Many fiscally conservative Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives caught wind of the situation last week and they are challenging the president's plan to give a 1.4% across-the-board pay raise to 2.1 million federal workers.

"It's stunning when you see what's happened to federal compensation," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. "Every metric shows we're heading in the wrong direction."

Although National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley believes that the raise "is a modest amount and should be implemented" so salaries can compete with the private sector.

Findings reveal that top-paid staff has been given every more across every department and agency. In 2005, the Defense Department had nine civilians earning $170,000 or more but when Obama took office it escalated to 214. And this past June, it rose to 994.

It is true that government workers earn less than private workers or similar jobs, but we don't think Congress needs a pay raise. They earn $174,000, up from $141,300 in 2000.

If they are gonna make that kinda $$$$, they should probably do something to earn it!

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23 comments to “It Pays To Work At The White House”

  1. 1

    bill yosses and mercus richenbach you know i know them, the one knows me now and the other worked for bush

  2. 2

    that raise includes people in the military. for us is mostly a cost of living increase. which we do deserve. 1.4% isn't much for people who spend there days serving the country, but congress is way overpaid.

  3. 3

    I agree with emtree. My husband is in the military and they are proposing the 1.4% raise and then I think another .5% gets tacked on. It is the lowest pay raise in quite some time. While I agree that we are lucky to be even getting a raise, it is pretty crappy seeing that other federal workers are getting paid so much and military members are equaling out to about minimum wage and don't get paid overtime and are pretty much always on call. I voted for Obama but it makes me sad to see that others are getting pay raises for (what I assume are) desk-type jobs and my husband works to defend the country and all he gets are a few "thank you's" on Veteran's Day and a miniscule pay raise.

  4. 4

    What's up with posting this type of article, illuminating Sir Golfsalot's disastrous "big government spending our way out of the shitter" plan?
    Mario, did you wake up from your stupor?
    Did even you finally get that America is going down the tubes?
    Do you all of a sudden see, the really, really bad news on the horizon for America, while you've been spending all your time posting about teen bullying?
    If 0 loses Mario, the wheels are really coming off the bus.
    Even the Chinese know 0 is a disaster.
    The world leaders laughed at his Marxist economic policies.
    They know they fail. They've lived it.
    This boob wants us to follow. FU0

  5. 5

    Ok first of all:
    1) it's not breaking news that gov't worker's pay has substantially increased since Obama took office - this news was out like a year ago.
    2) gov't workers make less than those in the private sector?? That is NOT true. They actually tend to make a lot more.
    3) WTF is with Obama and all the democrats crying about Wall Street and all these rich private CEO's etc, yet they can't control their OWN payroll? What freakin' hypocrites!
    4) I'm glad this is getting more attention, as it should have in the first place of year ago. I guess the mainstream liberal media is finally giving in to some sanity.

  6. 6

    my husband works for the government. Everyone makes it sound all fluffy and easy. He works long hours, has been to Iraq, commutes and is directly involved with things that are important. He takes his work seriously and is very good at his job. In DC government workers struggle to make ends meet. We are not the rich ones around here, we are the have nots. I know people don't want to waste their tax dollars but please remember there are some hardworking, deserving people that keep your government going that deserve much more than what they are earning.

  7. 7

    Um, no. Please don't lump all government workers in the same group, friends. I am a government worker and before I left the private sector, I was making $10K more a year than I did when I started work as a federal employee 3 1/2 years ago. I still do not make as much money as I did then. Yes, there are some federal employees that may be overpaid, but that is not the norm. It offends me to no end when people claim that federal employees make more than private sector employees, because it just isn't true. I work with several active duty service members and I agree their basic pay should be more. I work a desk job but I support the mission of an entire base and it does include a lot of work, a lot of overtime. I care about everything that passes my desk, as do all the civilians in my shop. There is not one that is overpaid, we all care deeply about what we do and supporting the mission and make sure we provide excellent service.

  8. 8

    please perez, before you misinform the masses, do a little bit of research!

    like other's have said, this pay raise of 1.4% is tied to MILITARY pay. And in fact, the military's pay raise of 1.4% will be the LOWEST SINCE THE START OF THE VIETNAM WAR IN 1964.

    why not write about THAT?

    Of course CONGRESS is grossly overpaid, but MANY MANY government workers are at the mercy of when and where the government sends them to work. And the military is on call 24/7… their families spend countless hours away from them, many work 24 hour shifts without any ability to collect overtime pay, and many military wives can not get a job because employers do not want to hire someone who is guarenteed to move every 2-3 years! seriously, this article just rubs me the WRONG way! The military is something that not everyone is cut out for. The mental, physical, and emotional toll it takes on servicemembers and their families is most definately something people like you need to learn to appreciate and stand up for, and stop griping that the government is giving them a raise!

  9. 9

    He doesnt know what hes doing but the democrates put him in the running knowing he would win bc he is black. race is a hot button issue & it got A LOT of people to vote, whites are no longer the majority in this country. IDK what color the president is but it seems like the media is afraid to critisize Obama for bad decisions…

  10. 10

    polticians should make enough money that they don't have to take bribes from lobbyists and special interest groups.

  11. 11

    And the majority of Congress doesn't even pay taxes!

  12. 12

    If this doesn't change peoples opinion of this guy then there is no hope for this country. Nobody is getting raises in the private sector so why should Congress. Also the military doesn't make much in a paycheck however when you add the housing, free medical care and lots of other ways they are taken care of it amounts to a decent amount. Get with it people he is reckless spending with our money and he acts like he doesn't know what a budget is. We are in trouble.

  13. 13

    Re: luvs2tango

    TOUCHE my friend…TOUCHE

  14. Ron says – reply to this


    This makes me sick when it has been 2 years since our seniors have gotten a cost-of-living raise. The senate and house voted themselves a raise also during this time, but our seniors who are living from month to month do not get a dime - that is f'd up.

  15. Ron says – reply to this


    Re: emtree – every single one of us is a public servant in some form or fashion. I agree the military should get raises, but they voted themselves a raise when my father who worked for 45 years did not and was in the military to boot.

  16. 16

    Federal employees make MORE than the private sector worker of the same position (Forbes, Sept. 2010),

  17. 17

    This is beyond rediculous!! All government workers should take a pay cut immediately, and they can't even give social security people a pay raise! GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!

  18. 18

    My loved one works for the federal government and I don't think he gets paid ENOUGH. He spends his days dodging bullets, chasing drug runners through the desert, and his puts his life on the line EVERY DAY. He works his ass off, he will literally be running up and down mountains in 120 degree heat for 6+ hours trying to do his job.

    We both have to look over our shoulders at all times, even while doing simple things like grocery shopping in fear of being followed and ASSASSINATED. We have to sleep with a loaded gun in our bedroom out of fear of attack, and when he leaves for work everyday I always have it in mind that that could be the last time I ever see him if something bad were to happen to him…all because of his job working for the federal government.

    So if you want to whine and say that government workers are making too much, think of the workers like my loved one who definitely earn what they make.

  19. Nvs says – reply to this


    So much misinformation. It's fine if you don't believe the democrat line of us all living in squalor, but don't believe the republican line either.

    I'd love to read what the average GS is for a federal employee. I'd be willing to bet it's a GS9. A 9 gets to look at an overall salary of like 65k a year after 20 years of service. That same employee likely also has a 4 year degree from a leading accredited university too.

    We're not all congressmen.

  20. 20

    Ridiculous. I just moved away from D.C. The Federal compensation doesn't even come close to meeting the cost of living, and most Fed employees are not making anywhere near that amount. As a result you have employees commuting 3-hours + per day and working 80 hours a week. By the time you cost it out the only true benefit is the healthcare.

  21. 21

    Re: NvsRe: Nvs – NVS, $65k per year after taxes and living in the Washington, DC area is like welfare wages. Seriously. Typical rent/mortgage is about $2200 for a one bedroom and that is not including commuting and/or living expenses. You seriously need more than one job on $65k to not have to live in a horrific neighborhood.

  22. fiera says – reply to this


    Congress should give up their raises and give it to our soldiers that risk their lives for us every day in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  23. 23

    Maybe Perez should stick to the Celebrity Gossip that this site is meant to be about.