President Joe Biden unveiled an executive order last week that will give federal government employees the largest pay increase since former President Jimmy Carter’s administration.
According to The Government Executive, Biden’s recent executive order, which gives federal employees an average pay increase of 5.2% in 2024, marks the largest bureaucrat pay increase since Carter increased federal worker salaries in 1980 by 9.1%.
The Daily Caller reported that Biden’s salary increase for federal government employees comes as American citizens are blaming increased government spending for soaring inflation that has led to a poor U.S. economy.
A poll conducted by CBS News and YouGov earlier this month showed that 76% of Americans said their income is not matching the current rate of inflation. Additionally, the poll showed that 56% of Americans believe that increased government spending is directly tied to inflation.
According to The Daily Caller, federal government employees will receive a 4.7% pay increase across the nation. Federal employees will also receive an average 0.5% increase based on their work location. A new salary table by the United States Office of Personnel Management shows that federal government employees based in the San Francisco region will receive an additional 0.9% pay increase.
“This is a well-deserved increase for our country’s federal workforce,” National Treasury Employees Union President Doreen Greenwald said in a press release. “The data shows that federal salaries fell further behind the private sector in the last year, so the average 5.2 percent pay hike is a welcome step forward.”
In addition to the average 5.2% pay raise for federal employees, military members will also receive an average 5.2% increase in 2024 under the National Defense Authorization Act. The Daily Caller noted that the pay increase for military members was approved by both the House and Senate, while the increase for federal government workers was announced as an executive order by Biden.
“The Federal government is the nation’s largest employer and must ensure it has the talent to meet the needs of the American people,” a spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement to The Daily Caller.
The spokesperson added, “Executing on the President’s 5.2 percent pay increase for both military and civilian workers recognizes the Federal workforce’s dedication and service to the American people and positions the Federal Government to better compete in the labor market to attract and retain a well-qualified workforce.”