The "military factor" that is added to the PS comparability includes overtime, so it is paid.
And if subordinates make more than you it likely means that they are in tech trades - and have skills that have been assessed as being valuable.
Not really, ENG 4s make more then LCdrs (until they start topping out the IPCs), who are Eng 5 equivalents. I'm only a two ringer (ENG 4 equivalent), so will need to get promoted then spend years at that rank before starting to make the same as someone doing my job now as a civilian. Still, wasn't uncommon on the ship to have a bunch of folks reporting to you to gross more then you due to the combination of time in rank, spec pay, and also the higher end of the sea pay scale, so not really a big deal.
No real skin off my nose; I thought they were smart to negotiate their retention bonus into their pay. Same on the ship; anyone getting near the top end of the sea pay rates has put in a lot more time away from home then I'll ever have to not being a hard sea trade, so they deserve it.
The only thing that actually annoys me working in ADM(Mat) is that while we don't get overtime, shouldn't have to jump through a bunch of hoops to get the short leave at xmas. My section was rubber stamped, but others were given a blanket denial. Little thing, but pretty big disatisfier, and another one of the small things that have people looking at second careers already. Does make the ENG 5 jobs look attractive though!
Anyway, not really relevant to the thread, but I'm sure there are probably lots of folks in uniform making more then their civilian counterparts, so it probably all balances out in the end.
Do miss Halifax this time of year though! Although have to admit that much to my surprise Ottawa (Gatineau in particular) has it's own charm this time of year. Not quite Spring Garden Road, but have been distracted enough to trip while jogging around the river by OttawaU.