Wharton Pension Research Council Working Papers

Benefit Cost Comparisons Between State and Local Governments and Private Industry Employers

Ken McDonnell, Employee Benefit Research Institute

The published version of this Working Paper may be found in the 2009 publication: The Future if Public Employee Retirement Systems.


It is often argued that compensation patterns for public sector employees are higher than in the private sector. This chapter examines some of the reasons for the observed differences in total compensation costs between US state and local government employers and private industry employers. We examine compensation costs by industry, occupation, union status, and employee benefit participation.


Date Posted: 09 August 2019