And despite being better compensated, public sector jobs are absolutely soul-crushing to anyone with a love for making products or providing services that people actually want. I make a tiny bit more (salary) and lost a metric buttload of benefits (including 3 weeks of vacation/year) since switching back to the private sector, but I'd only go back under the direst of personal circumstances.
Clarification: that was 3 weeks of vacation lost. I still have 3 weeks a year in the private sector. Yeah, it's like that.