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Study: State workers earn 23.9 percent less

Study: State workers earn 23.9 percent less

March 4th, 2011 in News

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

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.