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Study: Ocean County Has N.J.’s Second-Lowest Wages

Homes being rebuilt in the Normandy Beach section of Brick Township. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Homes being rebuilt in the Normandy Beach section of Brick Township. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Workers in Ocean County earn the second-lowest wages in the state, with only Cape May County wage-earners taking home less per week.

The wage data was compiled by NJ Spotlight, a website that focuses on New Jersey public policy issues. The study by the site revealed that the average worker in Ocean County earned an average of $845 per week during the fourth quarter of 2014, the second-lowest to Cape May County’s $742.

In addition to the fact that they are faced with the nation’s highest property tax burden in New Jersey combined with Shore real estate prices buttressed in desirable areas by part-time residents purchasing summer homes, the county’s workers would face issues just about anywhere, the study showed. Ocean County was one of five counties in the state where a wage-earner took home less than the national average of $1,035.


The state’s highest-earning county was Somerset, where the average working resident’s paycheck was $1,543.

The study showed that there were 157,600 jobs in Ocean County, up 2 percent from the previous year. Overall, workers in neighboring counties tended to earn more – $1,053 per week in Monmouth County and $1,060 in Burlington County and $872 in Atlantic County, where wages have declined with the turndown of the Atlantic City casino industry.

The data was based on numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The full NJ Spotlight report can be found here.

  • Chief Wahoo

    Great job by the Freeloaders. I mean Freeholders. Yet the same public takers always seem to get reelected as Freeloaders. I mean Freeholders. … Can you imagine how low the number would be if you take out the public takers salaries…..WOW talk about a broken system !!!!!! Wake up Ocean County sheep , you have been fleeced by the Good Old Boy Network and the public takers unions. That’s why whatever party you pick. You lose.


  • Mac

    this is the reason why someone as embarrassing and pathetic as George Gilmore can rise through the fairy princess ranks to lead the only political party in Ocean County – plain and simple, no one with any intelligence or personal self-respect wants anything to do with such a tragic human liabliltiy

  • Frank Rizzo

    Thank you Governor Christie who has spent his time pointing the finger at government workers to distract you all of this, rather than work to make your lives better. Where are the Democrats, the men of the people out there to fight for the little guy. Oh wait..Mrs. Clinton is busy getting a 600.00 haircut on Fifth Avenue.