Federal employees union fires back at Romney - Washington Times Where I'm from...you make that much you're very well off....UPPER middle class. It's all relative of course, but the suggestion is still there: most govt. workers are middle-class. What is not explained is that, by definition, 49.999% of federal workers make MORE than $70,000. So, out of the 2+ million federal workers, a ~MILLION make more than $70,000. Check it out: More federal workers' pay tops $150,000 - USATODAY.com What would be interesting to see is the number of administrative personnel making 70k. Look in the parking decks of federal garages....all of the Mercedes, BMWs, LandCruisers....admin staff.