RGR4214 needs to look at the GS payscale. Then (s)he needs to check out how civil servants are compensated. Hint: they get cost of living increases, along with grade/step increases, whereas in the private sector, it's all rolled into one "raise" which may or may not happen (e.g. cola increases have historically been 3% to 4%, plus step/grade increases. In the private sector, people are lucky to get ANY raises yearly).