New Jersey state government salary
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According to 2008 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 a 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.
Elected officials' salaries
|Office||'10 Salary||Current Official|
|Secretary of State||$141,000||Kim Guadagno|
|Attorney General||$141,000||Jeff Chiesa|
The salary of New Jersey's governor ranks 4th among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors is $128,735. The median salary earned by U.S. governors is $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|
The salary of New Jersey's chief justice ranks 4th among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices is $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices is $151,284.
The salary of New Jersey's associate justices ranks 4th among U.S. associate justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. associate justices is $151,142. The median salary earned by U.S. associate justices is $145,984.
Local government employees
- Main article: 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 overtimes, an average of $45,924 each, for overseeing construction of the New Jersey Turnpike. The squad's leader earned $63,221 in overtime and $167,890 overall. The overtime is ultimately paid by the Turnpike Authority and commuters, who face 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. Troopers earned $25.5 million in total overtime last year, and as of September 2011, made $15.7 million.
Representatives of teacher 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. According to reports by the New Jersey Department of Education, 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
Health To be eligible for State employee health coverage, you 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 in 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
The State of 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
Employees participate in the 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
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 2008 New Jersey Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- ↑ ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008”
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 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
- ↑ [2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z%20TO%202012-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z
- ↑ New Jersey Department of Education,"New Jersey Public Schools Fact Sheet," retrieved October 15, 2009
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Handbook
- ↑ Holidays
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 PERS
- ↑ Deferred Compensation Fact Sheet