Police & Fire

New Brunswick OKs Higher Extra-Duty Pay for Cops

Credits: Chris Zupancic/Flickr

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — City police officers will soon earn more money for working extra-duty assignments.

The New Brunswick City Council adopted an ordinance tonight that will increase the pay structure over the next several years. According to the document, police officers will take home an extra $15 per hour for working extra-duty assignments, like handling traffic near a construction site or managing buses outside city theaters, by 2020.

The union that represents New Brunswick cops approached the city with the proposed pay hike, City Administrator Thomas Loughlin III said during the March 15 council meeting.

Sign Up for E-News

“We also, on the city side, thought it was a good opportunity to adjust the rates that we collect on the police vehicle, as well as our administrative fee,” Loughlin said, referencing a jump in the amount of money collected by New Brunswick from organizations that contract extra-duty officers.

In its current form, the municipal code defines extra-duty pay rates for police officers going back to 2011, when they earned $54 per hour for the work. In 2015, the most recent year covered by the pay guide, cops received $66 per hour.

Once the ordinance goes into effect this year, New Brunswick cops will earn $71 per hour for extra-duty shifts. That figure will ultimately climb to $81 per hour in 2020.

Jobs calling for five or more police officers must also bring on a supervisor, according to the ordinance. As of now, they earn 15 percent above the normal rate, which totals $76 an hour. That number will soon rise to $82, leading to $93 per hour in 2020.

Nonprofit and civic groups—including the State Theatre, which is mentioned by name in the ordinance—receive a lower rate. The hourly figure will remain at $59 this year, rising to $62 in 2020.

The ordinance also eliminated a rank-based scale for what’s called “premium pay,” or the money earned by officers who work extra duty overnight or on holidays. That figure will soon stand at $99 per hour for all cops.

The move also represents a pay hike for City Hall. New Brunswick will charge higher administrative and vehicle fees, which are slated to climb by a few bucks per hour, to contractors.

City administrators count money earned through that program as regular budget revenues, Loughlin said.

In determining exactly how much extra-duty pay should increase, union and city officials looked at what several nearby municipalities charge, Loughlin said.

Since each municipal ordinance governing extra-duty pay for police is written differently, they are difficult to compare. Despite that, TAPinto New Brunswick compiled a number of those rates from neighboring communities and places that are similar in size to the Hub City.

Neighboring Piscataway, which is nearly identical in population size, has had an ordinance on the books that established pay rates through 2008. Effective 2009, the pay rates have been determined by an annual percentage increase.

According to TAPinto New Brunswick’s calculations, an officer working a traffic post this year earns roughly $79 per hour. That’s $8 above the new rate of $71 in New Brunswick.

A supervisor working security in Piscataway, according to those calculations, earns $62 per hour. That’s $20 below the new rate of $82 per hour in New Brunswick.

In Plainfield, cops working extra-duty events earn $35, $55 or $75 per hour, depending on the type of event. New Brunswick, meanwhile, has a flat fee for police officers that climbed to $71 per hour.

This year, Woodbridge police earn $42, $60 or $70 per hour, which depends on the type of project. Again, New Brunswick cops will now earn $71 per hour.

In neighboring Franklin, police earn $62.42 per hour this year. That number jumps to $82.82 for traffic services. New Brunswick’s new pay rate of $71 falls in the middle of those two figures.

Union Township, whose population is comparable to that of New Brunswick, has hourly pay rates that vary. Cops working construction earn $55 per hour, while inside security gets them $25 and traffic $40 per hour. All of these rates fall below the $71 hourly figure in New Brunswick.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - March 16, 2018


ON THE RAILS - Another commuting mess this morning, as the antiquated Portal Bridge got stuck in the "up" position at 4:22 a.m.  That caused a bunch of rush hour trains to be cancelled between Newark and Manhattan for four hours or so.  Both NJTransit and Amtrak riders were completely screwed. You may recall the proposed Gateway ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 15, 2018


NEW BRUNSWICK - When you rent out apartments to Rutgers students, expect some surprises. But one landlord received a shocker beyond expectation: a $8,117.07 water bill for the last three months of 2017, TAPInto New Brunswick reports. The landlord went to the City Council meeting this week, pleading that the bill on his Comstock Street ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 14, 2018


TRENTON - Ever since we met Gov. Phil Murphy, he has been talking about the same stuff: higher taxes for the rich, saving NJ Transit, legalizing marijuana, giving more money to public schools and a higher minimum wage. So, when lawmakers went to Trenton yesterday to hear the rookie governor's first budget message, there weren't a lot of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 13, 2018


TRENTON - As Gov. Phil Murphy prepares to deliver his first budget address at 2 p.m. today, at the State House, observers will be curious if his proposals jive with the state's pension mess. Look for the governor to talk about campaign topics like equal pay, health care, climate change, immigration and offshore drilling, as well as the proposed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 12, 2018


NEW BRUNSWICK - If you want to succeed in New Jersey, you need to figure out, to some degree, what all these millennials are thinking.  New Jersey Future tried to get to the answer, during a recent day-long event in New Brunswick that NJ Spotlight covered.  Bottom line? Our millennials are fleeing and that is bad. We need them to buy ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 9, 2018


ON THE RAILS - Not only is President Trump against the Gateway Tunnel, it seems he is ready to shut down the entire federal government if any money is budgeted for the desperately-needed infrastructure project. The word from Washington is that Trump is ready to scorch the Earth if Gateway gets just one sawbuck from Uncle Sam. Of course, this dispels all ...

Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

March 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Deep in a tropical forest in Borneo 15 years ago, Rutgers student Didik Prasetyo first encountered a young male orangutan that he named “Jerry.”

The great ape was one of several orangutans that Prasetyo and other researchers followed at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in the Mawas Conservation Area in Indonesia. Prasetyo was skeptical when colleagues said ...

RU police investigate assault on Douglass campus

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University police are investigating an aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault  reported to March 14 at 3:55 a.m. in front of Hickman Hall on the Douglass campus.


The victim, not affiliated with Rutgers University, reported that she was walking with a male whom she did not know in the area of Commercial Avenue and George ...

Rutgers voices support for proposed state budget

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University officials have often been wary of the governor's annual budget message, wondering what type of budget cuts the university may sustain and how it would potentially impact tuition and the overall quality of education.

This budget message, delivered March 13, appears to be a sigh of relief.

Pete McDonough, Vice President of External Affairs at ...

Latino, Caribbean, Hip Hop, Jazz music, even Yoga and skating, celebrated in city

March 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Music, cultures and lifestyles will be celebrated in the city all year, with festivals and special events scheduled for weekends from April through October, including the city’s first day to highlight yoga.

City council members this week approved permits for nine events, starting with the traditional Rutgers Day Parade on April 28, which will start on Senior Place ...


This National Literacy Month, Let's Rein In Screen Time

March 13, 2018

Dear Editor: As speech-language pathologists across New Jersey prepare to mark “National March into Literacy Month,” let’s address the alarming number of young children who spend countless hours a day on a handheld screen.

According to a study from the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the more time that children under two years spend on smartphones, tablets and ...

New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters Clinches Gold Certification

March 16, 2018

NEWARK - The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) is proud to announce that the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters has once again received Gold Certification – awarded to the strongest chapters in the nation.

NJAHU achieved Gold Certification from national headquarters underscoring how well the organization has operated and achieved its lofty goals in the ...