California Public Employees Highest Paid in the Nation

California's state and local government employees are paid more than those in any other state, according to 2010 date released January 31 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Full-time employees of state and local governments in California earned an average of $5,774 in the month of March 2010. State and local workers in New Jersey were second, with an average of $5,540 earned that month, the report said.

Only the District of Columbia had workers paid more generously than California's, averaging $5,900 for the month studied. The national average pay for full-time public employees was $4,388 in March 2010. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll, January 31.)

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