New Jersey state government salary
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. 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. More than 55% of those employees, or 322,868 employees, were in education or higher education.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Office||'10 salary||Current official|
|Secretary of State||$141,000||Kim Guadagno|
|Attorney General||$141,000||Jeff Chiesa|
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.
|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.
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.
Local government employees
- See also: New Jersey local government salary
In 2011, Sunshine Review requested salary information from 19 local governments in the state.
- Bergen County
- Middlesex County
- Essex County
- Monmouth County
- Newark Public Schools
- Jersey City School District
- Freehold Regional High School District
- Paterson Public Schools
- Jersey City
- Bergen County Police Department, New Jersey
- Middlesex County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey
- Essex County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey
- Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey
- Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey
- Newark Police Department, New Jersey
- New Jersey State Police, New Jersey
- Jersey City Department of Fire and Emergency Services, New Jersey
- Newark Fire Department, New Jersey
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.
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.
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
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:
- 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. 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.
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).
Paid days off
New Jersey gives its employees 12 paid holidays:
- 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. The funds used to pay benefits come from three sources: employer contributions, employee contributions and investment income from those contributions. The full rate of PERS employee contributions is 5.5 percent of base salary.
Employees may also participate in a deferred compensation plan.
- New Jersey Salary database
- Budget database for New Jersey
- State Budget Solutions, New Jersey
- 2011 Public Payroll
- State Employees 2010
- 2010 Public Payroll, Asbury Park Press
- 2008 New Jersey Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008”
- The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
- NJ Troopers earn $276K in overtime for construction oversight
- NJ.com, Cap teacher salary hikes in New Jersey, Feb. 3, 2011
- New Jersey Department of Education, "New Jersey Public Schools Fact Sheet," accessed October 15, 2009
- Deferred Compensation Fact Sheet