Benefit Cost Comparisons Between State and Local Governments and Private Industry Employers

Source: Ken McDonnell, Pension Research Council, WP2008-21, October 2008

It is often argued that compensation patterns for public sector employees are higher than in the private sector. This chapter examines some of the reasons for the observed differences in total compensation costs between US state and local government employers and private industry employers. We examine compensation costs by industry, occupation, union status, and employee benefit participation.

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