Government employees

Government Jobs More Lucrative Than Private Jobs in Wisconsin

Government "workers" make 12K more, on average, than private-sector workers


MADISON – While labor unions grouse about public sector pay, a state government job is a good gig if you can get it, according to the latest income data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Wisconsin, state employees earned on average $53,552 in 2012, nearly $12,000 more than their fellow workers in the private sector, based on BLS data tracked by Stateline, the news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The salary data was drawn from BLS' Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, through the fourth quarter of 2012.