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In 2016, the 15 towns and cities on Long Island employed 19,604 full-time, part-time or seasonal workers. Here are the details on who they were and what they were paid. The difference between base pay and total pay can be accounted for by many factors besides overtime, including shift differential, or payouts for unused vacation or sick time. Retiring workers may have received substantial payouts. Not all municipalities reported retirement or termination dates for all employees. Some towns could not provide a base pay for hourly workers. In some of those cases, an hourly pay rate is listed instead.

In some cases, a worker’s total pay may be less than the base pay because the worker did not work the whole year, taking an unpaid leave, for example. Some municipalities had names repeated. Unless the worker had the same exact title in the same department, those repetitions are listed here. Some towns could not supply 2016 start dates for seasonal or temporary employees and instead gave 2017 dates. In addition to 2016 payroll data, Glen Cove supplied revised data for 2015 to include some money paid to retiring employees.

Payroll information was gathered under the state’s Freedom of Information Law by reporters Sarah Armaghan, John Asbury, Denise Bonilla, Sophia Chang, Christine Chung, Jesse Coburn, Stefanie Dazio, Tim Healy, Carl MacGowan, David Olson, Ted Phillips, Jean Paul Salamanca and Nicholas Spangler.

Click through the charts below for a town-to-town comparison. You can also select the full list for any municipality, and you can re-sort any list by clicking on column headings.

NOTE: “Total pay” can include a variety of other categories (shift differential, unused vacation or sick time, etc.). A termination date would indicate there may have been a retirement payout as well.