Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 15:45
Subject: A Little Something Extra

We have the 2005 awards information and I can assure you, none of our employees received even half the amount.  Of course, one of our managers did. Lorraine
 

PAY AND BENEFITS WATCH December 1, 2005


A Little Something Extra

Nearly 60 percent of career senior executives earned a bonus last year - to the tune of $13,734 on average. Those figures are from Office of Personnel Management statistics on 2004 bonuses. But how do agencies compare to one another?

It pays to be a rocket scientist. NASA gave the highest bonuses on average, with a typical award of $17,483. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was second with bonuses of $16,946. The Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs departments were the only others in the $16,000 range.

Executives at the Housing and Urban Development Department fell at the low end of the scale. Their average bonus was $8,092 - although more than 60 percent of HUD executives received extra cash.

The Interior Department gave only 30 percent of its executives bonuses while the State Department awarded bonuses to almost 33 percent.

Where is the most likely place to pocket something extra? The Small Business Administration. SBA gave all of its executives a bonus in 2004.

The General Services Administration, which awarded 97.3 percent of career executives a bonus, followed SBA.

Here's rundown of average bonuses and the number of executives receiving them, by agency.

Executive bonuses in 2004
Agency Eligible Execs Execs Getting Bonuses Average Bonus
Agriculture 280 81.4% $15,861
AID 17 52.9% $8,889
Commerce 263 77.9% $12,299
Defense 1,049 43.4% $16,958
Education 60 67.8% $10,325
Energy 347 64.0% $8,863
EPA 264 50.4% $11,797
GSA 75 97.3% $12,705
HHS 307 70.2% $12,536
Homeland Security 204 46.6% $16,424
HUD 69 60.9% $8,092
Interior 219 30.1% $13,017
Justice 523 56.5% $11,858
Labor 141 89.4% $11,999
NASA 401 42.6% $17,483
NRC 150 62.0% $16,946
OMB 55 48.3% $10,100
OPM 42 69.0% $15,044
SBA 30 100.0% $9,518
SSA 133 63.2% $14,419
State 125 32.8% $11,037
Transportation 180 51.4% $10,790
Treasury 386 64.4% $15,607
VA 262 89.3% $16,287
All Others 266 56.4% $12,360
GOVERNMENTWIDE 5,848 58.2% $13,734

Source: Office of Personnel Management



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