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Publish comparable salaries for info to be relevant

8:00 PM, Jan. 29, 2013  |  Comments
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Public employee salaries were published in Sunday's Press-Gazette. Listing only these salaries yielded a biased perspective.

Many of these individuals have master's degrees-plus and have worked for the same employer for 15 to 30 years.

For this data to be relevant, one must see salary/benefit compensation packages from comparable professional private-sector jobs. For example, what do engineers, nurses, nuclear medicine technicians, ultra-sound technicians, etc., earn? In the private sector, what does a psychologist, a speech/language pathologist, or an occupational/physical therapist earn compared to one working for a school district?

Teacher/administrator salaries are public record. However, good investigative reporting should lead to relevant comparisons.

Yes, taxes pay the published salaries. However, what we pay for any goods/services helps determine the companies'/institutions' profitability which impacts employee compensation. When we pay our utilities, go to the hospital, or remodel/repair our homes, we spend money just like when we pay taxes. Those purchased goods/services impact all of us just as much as taxes do, but we don't hear objections to the wages private sector professionals earn.

To make the data published unbiased and economically relevant, it should be compared to private sector comparable compensation packages.

Nancy Beduhn

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