Employees with federal disability benefits are among the best workers at the country’s largest companies, according to a survey.
The survey, conducted by consulting firm Avalere, found that nearly half of all workers in the country with federal benefits are in the top 10 percent of their firm’s compensation.
The top 10% of payers make more than $80 million, and more than half of those workers make more, according the survey.
The survey included responses from more than 7,000 employees who received federal disability checks for a variety of reasons.
About 20% of employees were in the 10% to 20% range.
The average employee’s pay was $42,000, according a release from Avalere.
Employers in the nation’s largest cities were also among the top earners, with the average salary for a full-time employee at those firms reaching $90,000.
The median annual salary for full-timers was $57,000 in Denver, and $59,000 at Houston, according Avalere data.
For employers with fewer than 500 workers, the median salary was $46,000 and the median income was $40,000 for workers with at least 500 employees.
The highest-paid workers at those companies made $107,000 a year.
The lowest-paid employees made $45,000 or less.
About 40% of workers with federal assistance earned between $40 and $65,000 annually, according on the Avalere survey.
That includes some workers earning up to $65 million a year, the company said.
Some employees who have been on federal disability are eligible for a partial payment of the full benefit.
Those who are on a disability benefit but are not receiving the full payment are eligible to make partial payments of $100,000 each month.
Employees are also making an average of $60,000 more than those with no federal disability.
The median annual wage for full time employees with federal disabilities was $63,000 last year, up from $57.
The minimum wage was $23.80.
The higher-paying employees with no disability were making $73,000 less than the average worker, according.
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About 18% of employers said they had workers with disabilities, according in the survey, up significantly from 15% in the previous year.
About 15% said they were part of a family member with a disability.
More than half said they used a job-protected disability to work, up 3 percentage points from last year.
And 16% said employees were given a job with no benefit.
About 1 in 5 said they worked part-time, up 6 percentage points.