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February 2017 Policy Study, Number 17-4


Iowa's Privileged Class: State-Government Employees





Public Interest Institute first published an article highlighting the Pay Gap between Iowa’s private-sector workers and the state’s government workers in 1996.  At that time, we reported that Iowa had maintained the largest gap between what state-government employees in Iowa were paid in comparison to their private-sector counterparts in the nation since first moving into the top spot in 1987.  We have periodically revisited this topic, providing updates with the latest economic data on the average annual wages of private-sector and government employees.  Unfortunately, the results have remained the same throughout the years the Institute has published this information – Iowa has the largest Pay Gap in the nation – and has had the largest Pay Gap for nearly 30 years! 




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