The previous thread got waylaid quickly but there were some observations posted that I believe invalid. While I have some info on most public professions in this state I am most familiar with education.
The School District I live in just adopted it's budget for the next year:
Average salary for certificated staff (meaning those staff member with teaching credentials) is $66,650.
Average cost of benefits is $25.000 (note this is without the district contributing anything to the employees retirement plan which is all assumed by the state, I believe there is a minimal contribution by the employee)
Average contractual hours are 69% of an individual receiving 3 weeks vacation in the private sector & 10 days sick leave.
Educators can retire after 30 years at 60% of their top 2 years salary (which includes just about anything they can get tacked on)
For this the public generally receives a product that is deficient in math & science (as few are qualified to teach the subjects) in a nation that is falling behind the rest of the world on the curve.
Educators generally come from the lower 25 percentile of those who take the SAT & graduate from college. As an example: Engineers, Doctors, scientist generally come from the upper 15 percentile of those who take the SAT & graduate from college.
In reading "A Patriot's History of the United States" there was a comment about the original education money coming from the feds. It was meant to prop up the Science & Engineering communities to keep us competitive in world markets, we see what happened to that . BTW, anyone who hasn't read this book needs to, it is very informative .
I'd like to hear of others experiences within the public realm!! Facts & numbers please .