Designer Duds on a Government Dime?


If you think applying for a government job means you'll have to resign yourself to short-sleeve white shirts, pocket protectors and/or polyester stretch pants, think again. The numbers have just come out on what state and local governments are spending on employees, and it ain't peanuts.

Employer costs for state and local government workers are averaging about $39.83 per hour. That boils down to $26.24 for wages and salaries and $13.60 for benefits. Of that, health benefit costs averaged $4.43 per hour, and retirement and savings averaged $3.23 per hour.