Report Public Workforce

A Comparative Analysis of the Pay of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officers

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December 02, 2012

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) maintains a police force of about 1,700 officers to protect infrastructure and people at its facilities. This police force is one of the largest in the country and constitutes almost one-third of the PANYNJ’s personnel costs. As a new collective bargaining agreement with the police officers is under negotiation, the Citizens Budget Commission undertook a comparative analysis of the compensation of PANYNJ police officers to provide an informed perspective. It includes eight other large forces in the region. The analysis finds that PANYNJ officers are paid more generously than most other regional law enforcement officers, and suggests that the next contract should align PANYNJ officers’ compensation with that of officers in other large urban police departments in the region.