NEW JERSEY — A salary report released Monday by the New Jersey Association of Educators says the state’s public school teachers could be on the hook for more than 7.6% more in 2019 than they did in 2018.
The union representing public school educators said the data shows a pay hike for state employees.
It’s been a year since Gov.
Chris Christie’s administration cut salaries and other benefits for the state employees who run New Jersey’s public schools.
Those cuts have put the state in the middle of a teacher shortage.
In 2018, teachers made an average $80,972 a year.
That’s up from $74,854 in 2017.
It’s also up from the average $82,749 teachers made in 2016.
But in 2019 teachers will make an average of $87,717, up from an average salary of $82.717 in 2018 and up from just $81,093 in 2016, the report said.
The teachers union says the salary increases come at the expense of other public sector workers who don’t earn a salary and don’t get to work part time.
The New Jersey Federation of Teachers called the increases “troubling” and said the union has long argued the state shouldn’t be paying its public school employees more than they are worth.
The state, which was one of the most expensive states for public school workers last year, is one of only a handful of states that pay teachers more than the national average.