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Federal Wage Growth Slowest in Decades


Private sector wages increased by 3.1 percent in 2010 -- slightly more than the 2.5 percent rise in federal wages, according to new Bureau of Economic Analysis data that were highlighted by the Cato @ Liberty blog.

BEA also found federal wage growth was the slowest in at least two decades.

The average federal civilian wage was $83,679 in 2010, 17 percent higher than the average private sector wage of $51,986, the Libertarian think tank's blog noted. The average military wage in 2010 was $71,295.

BEA also compiled data on wage growth for the entire decade. From 2000 to 2010, military wages grew 6.6 percent a year, federal civilian wages 5 percent annually and private sector wages 3.0 percent.


Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

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