Public vs. Private Salaries in Wisconsin

I keep hearing claims that private sector workers make less than public sector workers, but what they aren’t saying is that when the two are compared by like education levels the private sector employee makes more. (I would guess the total numbers statement is because there are so many more low wage earners in the private sector than in the public sector.)

Anyway, here is a breakdown using the video linked here.

High School graduate: Public worker earns $46,213 and private worker earns $47,459

Bachelor’s degree: Public worker earns $61,663 and private worker earns $82,134

Master’s degree: Public worker earns $74,056 and private worker earns $100,296

Doctorate: Public worker earns $91,623 and private worker earns $128,366

Professional degree: Public worker earns $143,569 and private worker earns $225,644

In each case, the public sector worker makes less and significantly less as more education is factored into the mix.

As Public Enemy used to say: “Don’t believe the hype.”

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2 thoughts on “Public vs. Private Salaries in Wisconsin

  1. thehurt

    First of all, I agree. However, the main reasoning for the opposing argument is built on the combination of base salary and benefits. Those opposing the unions argue that when you take into account the value of those benefits, the numbers flip-flop.
    Of course, that’s working under the assumption that the person is maximizing all of those benefits and getting annual screenings.

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