New Jersey state government salary

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State Information

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of New Jersey and local governments in the state employed a total of 585,379 people.[1] Of those employees, 465,049 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $2,459,242,541 per month and 120,330 were part-time employees paid $127,908,865 per month.[1] More than 55% of those employees, or 322,868 employees, were in education or higher education.[1]

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, New Jersey state legislators earned $49,000 per year.[2] Legislators do not receive a per diem.[2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $175,000 Chris Christie
Secretary of State $141,000 Kim Guadagno
Attorney General $141,000 Jeff Chiesa
Treasurer $141,000 Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff

As of 2008, the salary of New Jersey's governor ranked 4th among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors was $128,735. The median salary earned by U.S. governors was $129,962.[3]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
New Jersey judicial salaries[4]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Associate Justice $185,482 Anne Patterson
Associate Justice $185,482 Jaynee LaVecchia
Associate Justice $185,482 Barry Albin
Temporary Justice $185,482 Dorothea Wefing
Associate Justice $185,482 Helen Hoens
Chief Justice $192,795 Stuart Rabner

As of 2010, the salary of New Jersey's chief justice ranked 4th among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $151,284.[4]

As of 2010, the salaries of New Jersey's associate justices ranked 4th among U.S. associate justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $151,142. The median salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $145,984.[4]

Local government employees

See also: New Jersey local government salary

In 2011, Sunshine Review requested salary information from 19 local governments in the state.

State troopers

In December 2011, reported that six state troops received a combined $275,549 in overtime pay, an average of $45,924 each, for overseeing construction on the New Jersey Turnpike. The squad's leader earned $63,221 in overtime and $167,890 overall. The overtime pay was ultimately paid by the Turnpike Authority and commuters, who faced a 53% toll increase on January 1, 2012 to help pay for a decade-long, $7 billion capital program to widen the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway and to pay for dozens of other improvement projects.[5]

Teacher salaries

Representatives of teachers unions bargain with local school districts in New Jersey to set teacher salaries. A 2011 bill that would have imposed a 2 percent cap on salary hikes for teachers was defeated.[6]

Teacher salaries[7]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$44,872 $63,111

In the 2009-2010 school year, New Jersey had approximately 112,933 full-time classroom teachers. Below are the median salaries for the 2008-2009 school year:[8]

  • Administrators and supervisors: $112,565
  • Classroom teachers: $57,465
  • Educational support services: $70,296
  • District superintendents: $158,400
  • Principals: $113,769

State employee benefits



To be eligible for state employee health coverage, an employee must work full-time for the State of New Jersey or be an appointed or an elected officer of the State of New Jersey (this includes employees of a state agency or authority and employees of a state college or university). For state employees, full-time normally requires 35 hours per week.[9] Part-time employees of the state are eligible for coverage under NJ DIRECT15 and the Employee Prescription Drug Plan if they are members of a state-administered pension system.[9]

Employees may choose from two plans under NJDirect and two different HMO plans.[9] Employees are eligible to enroll in the Employee Prescription Drug Plan as a separate prescription drug benefit.[9]

Employees are eligible to enroll for dental coverage through the Employee Dental Plans, which offer two basic types of plan: the Dental Expense Plan and a selection of Dental Plan Organizations (DPOs).[9]

New Jersey gives its employees 12 paid holidays:[10]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


See also: New Jersey public pensions

Employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System of New Jersey.[11] The funds used to pay benefits come from three sources: employer contributions, employee contributions and investment income from those contributions.[11] The full rate of PERS employee contributions is 5.5 percent of base salary.[11]

Employees may also participate in a deferred compensation plan.[12]

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