Study: State workers earn 23.9 percent less

Missouri’s state workers earn 23.9 percent less than their private-sector counterparts, despite being more educated.

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That’s according to a new study from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan Washington think tank.

The study found that municipal public employees also are undercompensated, but to a lesser degree: 10.2 percent. Together, state and local public employees earn 15.7 percent less than equivalent private employees.

The study, “Are Missouri Public Employees Overcompensated?,” was done by Jeffrey Keefe, associate professor of Labor and Employment Relations at Rutgers University.

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