October 30, 2014 | Number of The Day
Salaries paid to federal employees as percent of all NJ compensation

Federal workers earn 2.25 percent of the total compensation pulled down by New Jerseyans, according to State Smart, an information tool put together by the National Priorities Project.

That’s one of the lowest percentages in the country, mostly due to the size of New Jersey’s economy, and the fairly average number of federal employees. The national average is 4.92 percent.

The average salary of a New Jersey federal worker is $86,961 for a total of about $6.5 billion. However, the average civilian federal employee — of which there are 49,510 in the state — earns $106,611. The average military job, of which New Jersey has 25,222, pays $48,388.