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  • State Workers Average $100,000+ in Compensation

    The Commonwealth Foundation|Feb 28, 2019

    With most state employee contracts expiring in June, Gov. Tom Wolf and government employee union leaders are negotiating behind closed doors over agreements worth more than $3 billion. How much, exactly, will taxpayers be on the hook for? We won’t know until a deal is struck. What we do know is state employee compensation – including both salary and benefits – averaged $102,616 in 2018, largely driven by benefit costs which have more than doubled in the last decade. In contrast, average private sector compensation stood at 35 percent less...