Poll Worker Compensation

Are poll workers (election inspectors) compensated?

Yes, poll workers are compensated for working at polling places at a rate determined by the appropriate municipal governing body.  In some municipalities, they are also compensated for attending any required training sessions.  Poll workers may also choose to volunteer their services by filing a written declination of compensation with the municipal clerk.

Are poll workers' earnings taxable?

Compensation paid for election worker services is included in income and may be subject to income tax and FICA taxes as well as reporting requirements. Please consult the Internal Revenue Service website for information.