Just because we live in an area in which the poverty rate is high doesn't mean that I should not expect to make a decent salary...I am sure that my salary is helping to bring that average up to 30,000. A friend of mine with just an associates just started at Corning and is making over 50,000. Whatever... should I say to her that the average salary around here is 30,000 how dare you make 50,000 with benefits? What are you thinking? That is way too much money for the work that you do. I wouldn't dream of telling her that.. She only works M-F til 430 in the afternoon and has weekends and holidays off. Plus gets 6 weeks paid vacation a year. That is almost equal to my 8 weeks off in the summer. It all comes out in the wash. I understand that we as taxpayers don't pay her salary but just because I am paid by the taxpayer (including me and myself who actually pays myself in some weird way since I pay school taxes) should be expected to make less?
Your friend is working for private industry, you are working for the public. Big difference. You used to get paid less, but you traded absolute job security, now, you have both high pay and absolute job security. THat couldn't happen in a private business (Well, non-unionized business).
The business would go broke.