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California's Government Jobs

July 18, 2003

California is facing a fiscal crisis, partly as a result of spending increases in previous years. For example, according to Investor's Business Daily, state employees are well paid.

  • The Los Angels Times noted recently that the average government worker in California makes $950 a week vs. $753 for workers in all industries combined.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle found that the number of state employees making more than $100,000 rose fivefold from 1995 to the present.
  • In the 1999-2000 school year, according to the American Federation of Teachers, California salaries averaged $47,680 and ranked sixth in the nation.
  • Two years later, they were number one in the AFT survey at $54,348, a raise of 14 percent, the biggest jump in the country.

In California, government jobs not only pay well, but also remain largely immune to recession, says IBD.

Source: Editorial, "Another World," Investors Business Daily, July 16, 2003.


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