Number of the Day: $5,540

February 3, 2012 | Number of The Day

Full-time New Jersey public employees are paid about an average of $5,540 a month – – at least that’s what they were paid in March 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That was the third-highest salary in the survey, following the District of Columbia ($5,900) and California ($5,774.) The survey included all public employees — state and local – combined. Schools and universities employ the most public workers as a group, but other than university professors, they were not the highest paid. Nationally, firefighters and electrical power workers were paid the most.

Of the salaries of public workers in neighboring states, New York ($5,345), was the only one higher than the national average of ($4,388). Pennsylvania was $4,364, and Delaware was $4,287.

The survey also cited a few other interesting statistics. New Jersey was one of the majority of states that lost less than two percent of its state workers, while a few (California, Illinois, and Virginia among them), lost more than 2 percent, and Rhode Island lost more than 4 percent.

On the other hand, Texas and North Dakota increased their number of public workers by more than 4 percent.