Also fyi, I am on my third year of a pay freeze, no COLA, no bonus of any kind, nothing. Maybe that's the way it should be. I've been in federal service for 23 years and make around 68K. I don't think that's an outrageous annual salary do you?
Without seeing your qualifications and job requirements, we have no way of knowing whether your salary is outrageous or not. Also, that $68k is your salary, right? How much additional do you receive P.A. in benefits?
That is fairly close to what I make as an engineer (in the Midwest, so I suspect my cost of living is cheaper than yours).
We haven’t had a pay freeze in a while, but I have taken pay cuts in the past. It is part of the game, and not a fun part either.
But I am fairly confident the benefits you have are a lot better than mine. I suspect you have a pension, and I have never had that option (my wife does also, but we are planning on Illinois to go bankrupt long before she sees a dime). And the health care for government workers is usually better, though that depends.
My point is that when the hard times hit, all need to be on the chopping block. I have been through it in two companies, and it is never easy. Once I left right before the ax fell on my position (thanks to a good manager who told me what was happening six months in advance).
“Also fyi, I am on my third year of a pay freeze, no COLA, no bonus of any kind, nothing”
My husband who works for the private sector had his pay cut along with his co-workers by 20% three years ago. No pension. No matching 401K. Nothing. My daughters working for the same company have since left the company. My husband can’t because he is 65 years old. We have no idea when he can retire until Obamacare is implemented and we see how bad it is.