http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/overpaid-federal-workers An analysis by USA Today revealed particularly fast wage growth at the top end of the federal workforce in recent years.6 By 2009, there were 383,000 federal civilian workers with salaries of more than $100,000, 66,000 with salaries of more than $150,000, and 22,000 with salaries of more than $170,000. Between late 2007 and mid-2009, the number of federal workers earning more than $150,000 more than doubled, even as the economy fell into a deep recession during that period. Of course its not about rocket science Some people argue that the federal government has a unique high-end workforce, which deserves to be paid handsomely. But let's consider some ordinary and mundane offices in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2010, the USDA's Office of Communications employed 77 people and paid $9 million in wages and benefits. That works out to $117,000 each for these public relations workers, which is close to the overall federal compensation average.7 Or consider that the 62 employees of the USDA's Office of Chief Economist earned an average $177,000 each in wages and benefits in 2010.8 It isn't just rocket scientists that are earning high federal compensation, it is also workers in many run-of-the-mill bureaucratic jobs. I never realized just how many government employees made big buck, worse than that eye opener is the realization that even with all that money going to them we still have the layers of state, city, and county to pay for too.