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The Federal government employees 1,212 Chaplins

Dec 27, 2011

Uncle Sam employees 1,212 Chaplins????

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Federal workers starting at much higher pay than in past

By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY

Newly hired federal workers are starting at much higher salaries than those who did the same jobs in the past, a lift that has elevated the salaries of scientists and custodians alike.

The pay hikes have made the federal government a go-to place for many young people.

A 20- to 24-year-old auto mechanic started at an average of $46,427 this year, up from $36,750 five years ago. The government hires about 400 full-time auto mechanics a year.

A 30- to 34-year-old lawyer started at an average of $101,045 this year, up from $79,177 five years ago. The government hires about 2,500 lawyers a year. And a mechanical engineer, age 25 to 29, started at $63,675, up from $51,746 in 2006. The government hires about 600 mechanical engineers a year.

Behind the boost: The government is classifying more new hires — secretaries, mail clerks, chaplains, laundry workers, electrical engineers and wildlife biologists — as taking more demanding versions of their jobs and deserving more pay.

The higher pay also reflects the more challenging jobs federal workers often do. The Bureau of Prisons' 1,250 cooks earn an average of $66,225 a year. "They don't just cook meals. They're also correctional workers supervising inmates," spokeswoman Traci Billingsley says.

Other findings in a USA TODAY analysis of federal workers' pay:

•Job security. Workers are holding on tightly to their federal jobs in the weak economy. The rate of quitting has fallen 29% since 2007. Ordinary retirements are down 11%. Early retirements are down two-thirds. Disability departures have dropped one-third. Layoffs are increasingly rare, too. Under the Obama administration, layoffs from reorganizations have dropped by two-thirds to fewer than 300 a year in the 2.1 million person workforce. Workers are 13 times more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off from the federal government.

•$100,000. The portion of federal workers earning $100,000 or more grew from 12% in 2006 to 22% in 2011.


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Federal workforce: Pay for 100 occupations

Job Number
employed
Average
salary,
2011
% change
since
2006,
above or
below
inflation
Physician30,953184,39567.7%
Patent attorney 312 147,012 1.9%
Dentist 2,145 143,084 46.9%
Securities compliance examiner 149 141,012 25.1%
Program manager 14,797 130,918 1.6%
General attorney 35,614 130,456 0.0%
Foreign agricultural affairs 167 129,638 5.0%
Financial manager 1,390 125,480 6.1%
Design patent examiner 100 120,298 36.2%
Physicist 2,443 119,622 -1.3%
Actuary 288 115,567 5.0%
Financial institution examiner 5,734 114,886 4.8%
Aerospace engineer 9,373 111,065 0.7%
Economist 4,496 110,265 4.2%
Mathematical statistician 1,490 109,643 1.5%
Pharmacist 9,149 107,556 7.1%
Civil rights analyst 65 106,783 5.8%
Electronics engineer 20,034 105,101 0.9%
Chemist 5,834 104,616 3.1%
Financial analyst 1,490 104,269 7.5%
Trade specialist 801 103,721 4.5%
Patent examiner 7,180 103,625 12.4%
Podiatrist 689 103,593 2.6%
Chemical engineer 1,169 102,944 4.7%
Computer engineer 4,540 102,912 3.7%
Health insurance administrator 2,632 102,696 3.2%
Environmental engineer 4,519 101,924 2.9%
Microbiologist 2,621 100,542 1.4%
Public health program specialist 3,624 100,097 0.8%
Credit union examiner 915 100,010 -0.5%
Optometrist 1,028 99,563 1.4%
Nuclear engineer 2,829 98,215 -2.8%
Criminal investigator 44,836 97,541 4.4%
Meteorologist 3,108 96,490 0.6%
Environmental protection specialist 5,981 96,032 3.3%
Accounting 13,979 94,050 2.4%
Electrical engineer 4,890 93,894 -0.2%
Management and program analyst 71,157 93,609 3.4%
IRS agent 13,904 93,516 1.9%
Auditor 12,312 91,851 0.9%
Museum curator 561 91,664 1.3%
Community planner 897 91,151 -3.9%
Industrial engineer 1,272 90,630 -0.6%
Public relations 5,614 90,560 3.0%
Psychologist 7,413 90,531 -1.3%
Historian 846 88,518 1.2%
Physician's assistant 3,300 88,503 3.3%
Logistics management 19,747 86,793 0.6%
Worker's compensation claims examiner 1,139 86,608 8.6%
Librarian 1,253 86,389 2.8%
Writer and editor 1,419 85,851 9.1%
Fishery biologist 2,558 84,132 5.8%
Budget analyst 13,981 83,214 4.8%
Cemetery administration 116 82,810 13.8%
Speech pathologist and audiologist 1,793 82,724 4.1%
Geographer 856 82,147 3.5%
Nurse 71,135 79,527 3.6%
Technical writer and editor 1,206 77,361 -1.3%
Chaplain 1,212 76,509 -1.9%
Loan specialist 4,972 75,259 4.9%
Paralegal7,00774,714 3.8%
Botanist 427 74,582 2.5%
Wildlife biologist 2,476 74,417 1.7%
Customs and border protection 20,502 74,017 16.9%
Railroad retirement claims examiner 399 72,834 -0.8%
Archeologist 1,219 72,258 1.6%
Funeral director 376 71,159 -0.2%
Engineering technician 16,470 69,951 -1.0%
Medical records administrator 803 69,862 4.5%
Border patrol enforcement 21,291 69,731 8.9%
Photographer 585 69,198 3.2%
Passport and visa examiner 1,472 68,845 8.3%
Inventory manager 5,186 65,519 1.2%
Veterans claims examiner 11,579 63,447 -4.4%
Nuclear materials courier 338 63,321 7.6%
Recreation specialist 1,306 58,526 4.4%
Park ranger 6,318 56,697 -5.4%
Correctional officer 17,754 54,782 0.1%
Medical instrument technician 2,931 54,422 5.0%
Dental hygienist 612 54,235 6.0%
Automotive mechanic 2,092 53,923 -1.3%
Heavy equipment mechanic 7,457 52,698 -0.1%
Computer clerk and assistant 3,126 49,173 1.7%
Respiratory therapist 561 49,131 2.1%
Animal health technician 653 48,250 2.6%
Secretary 23,699 47,542 1.4%
Library technician 1,014 45,623 4.7%
Practice nurse 17,039 43,699 0.6%
Food inspection 3,343 43,528 -2.4%
Supply clerk and technician 11,866 42,846 0.3%
Human resources assistant 13,208 42,008 0.9%
Dispatcher 1,359 40,756 2.1%
Pharmacy technician 5,796 40,398 2.0%
Security guard 6,155 36,330 -3.0%
Nursing assistant 12,456 35,818 -1.1%
Mail and file clerk 6,819 34,588 -0.1%
Data transcriber 831 33,943 -2.0%
Custodian 11,818 32,372 0.6%
Plant protection technician 1,086 32,109 7.0%
Sales store clerk 2,014 27,420 0.1%

The federal government has added a net 277,500 employees since September 2006 and raised average salaries 17.3% — or 5.3% after adjusting for inflation. The following is a list of 100 federal occupations, how many people have those positions and how pay has changed in the past five years, after adjusting for inflation. It does not include the value of benefits. Sometimes average pay rises or falls because of retirements and new hires. For example, the average pay of federal auto mechanics fell because retiring mechanics made more than new ones.