New Jersey and New York rank as the two states with the highest average gross pay for state employees in 2010, according to an analysis of recent U.S. Census of Governments data by CGR Govistics, a project of the Center for Governmental Research.

Following New Jersey and New York with an average annual state worker pay exceeding $51,000 are California, Alaska, Maryland and Connecticut. Among those states, the largest year-over-year percentage increase is in New York, which is up 3.4 percent. Connecticut is the only state of those six with a reduction in average gross pay from at a loss of-5 percent.  

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