Pay and Benefits
In This Chapter
♦ Salaries in the public versus private sectors
♦ The scales of government pay
♦ Health care, annual leave, and retirement benefits
♦ Student loan repayment and other potential bonuses
So you’ve read up on the pros and cons of government, what types of jobs are available, and where you can work, and you have decided that public service is still your perfect match. But one very important question remains: what sort of compensation will government offer you?
This chapter not only outlines the pay and benefits available to federal government employees, but also shows how the government is different from—and sometimes better than—the private sector when it comes to salary and benefits.