Tens of thousands of federal employees earn more money than any U.S. governor, according to a new report that reveals some eye-popping stats on government spending for the federal workforce.

According to OpenTheBooks, a watchdog group, there are tens of thousands of federal employees who earn more than any state governor. In “Mapping the Swamp,” the 40-page report by OpenTheBook details the “size, scope and power” of the federal government, while showing that government salaries are soaring.

According to the report, “The number of highly compensated federal employees is growing.” The report noted that six-figure salaries for the feds are common. It reported that the number of federal employees earning $200,000 or more increased by 165 percent between fiscal years 2010 and 2016. Those earning $150,000 or more grew by 60 percent, while those earning more than $100,000 increased by 37 percent during the same period. “Nearly 30,000 rank-and-file federal employees who received more than $190,823 out-earned each of the 50 state governors,” the report claimed. 

Mapping the Swamp" showed that 406,960 federal employees earned $100,000 or more in fiscal 2016: about one in five federal employees. OpenTheBooks released a statement declaring: “There is a new ‘minimum wage’ for federal bureaucrats – at 78 departments and independent agencies, the average employee made $100,000 or more.” According to the report, the federal government pays its disclosed workforce $1 million per minute and more than a half-billion dollars each day.

By way of contrast, California Gov. Jerry Brown earns $182,971, Gov. Tom Wolf earns $190,823, and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam takes in $187,500. Gov. Paul LePage of Maine, a Republican, at just $70,000, earns the least of America’s 50 governors. 

President Donald Trump has not accepted a government salary as president.

The United States Postal Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs employed in fiscal year 2016 more than half of federal employees. For its part, the Postal Service employed 32 percent of all disclosed federal employees or 621,523 people. The VA came in second with 372,614 on the payroll. Federal employees also enjoy considerable benefits such as paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, health insurance, and retirement plans.

In a statement, OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewski declared “We found small and large agencies across the federal government gaming the system for personal gain – and it’s expensive for the taxpayer.” He called on Congress to hold hearings on the bloated salaries. 



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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