Government earnings

The BEA estimate of government earnings consists of the wages and salaries of civilian employees of the Federal Government, cash wages (including allowances) of full-time military personnel and of the members of the military Reserves including the National Guard and pay-in-kind provided to enlisted personnel, and wages and salaries of state and local government employment.

Wages and salaries paid to employees of the United states Postal Service are included in federal civilian earnings.

Employer contributions to government employee retirement plans and employer contributions for government social insurance, which are part of supplements to wages and salaries, are also included in government earnings.