WASHINGTON — Salaries of federal employees are lower than those of private sector workers in comparable positions by about 23%, although the gap has narrowed in recent years, an advisory council reported Wednesday.

The Federal Salary Council reported that the pay gap is now 23.1%, down from the 26.7% reported last fall. That represents the average national difference between the two sectors across some 260 occupations, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics figures that are weighted by their numbers in each.

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