New Jersey state government salary

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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, NJ.com 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

Insurance

Health

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

Retirement

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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