No. of Feds Making Over $150K Soars GOP to attack government pay in lame-duck Congress By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Nov 10, 2010 9:55 AM CST 128 comments Comments U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the keynote speech at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Barbara Walton, Pool) (Newser) – The number of federal government employees making at least $150,000 a year is 10 times what it was five years ago, and it has doubled since President Obama’s inauguration, says a study by USA Today. House GOP members are hoping to pounce on the issue as the lame-duck Congress begins next week, attempting to bar Obama’s intended 1.4% raise for federal workers. “Every metric shows we’re heading in the wrong direction,” says the Republican who will head a panel on federal pay. But the head of a federal workers’ union calls the raise “modest.” Big beneficiaries of government raises since 2005 include longtime employees, who have seen salaries jump 25%; physicians, who earn some $68,000 more; and the Defense Department, which in June had 994 civilians making $170,000, compared to 9 in 2005.