Powering Strong Communities

Staying Competitive: Why Public Power Needs to Pay Equitably

This report explains why public power needs to pay competitive wages - not only to retain talented workers, but to maintain public power's key advantages within a community. The report includes a look into salary data, which show that public power pays less that cooperative or investor-owned utilities, despite providing more. Consequences of this pay disparity include the loss of talent to other utilities and sectors and increased pressure on those who stay. In addition to providing a comprehensive case for competitive pay, the report includes tips and strategies for communicating this case to governing bodies and the public.

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A snapshot of statistics showing disparities in pay at public power utilities