Pensions for state and local governments in New York

Nassau and Suffolk counties have the most former employees drawing a state pension and account for the largest total amount of pension payments in the state system, which excludes New York City. According to data from the state comptroller obtained under the Freedom of Information Law, eight governmental units on Long Island are among the top 16 in the state for average pensions paid. Four of those are villages: Kensington, Sands Point, Old Brookville and Old Westbury.

This database is based on former employees receiving payment under the New York State and Local Retirement System and as such does not include most part-time or seasonal employees who would not be eligible for pensions. State employees are grouped here by department or division. You can read more here. And while clerical and other school district employees are included here by district, we have a separate database of pensions for former teachers and administrators.

Top 10 government units by total pension

Top 16 government units by average pension

You can search and sort within this list of 3,387 governments and agencies such as the Division of State Police, Port Authority of N.Y. & N.J. and the Education Department for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which ended on March 31. Clicking on an "employer" name will bring you to a list of employees for the two years. Or you can go directly to that database of individual pension payments. This database was posted on Dec. 11, 2017.

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Employer Recipients Total Average
Employer Wende Corr Facility Recipients 617 Total $21,093,480.50 Average $34,187.16
Employer Sunmount Dev Center Recipients 963 Total $20,937,721.30 Average $21,742.18
Employer Dept Transportation Region 9 Recipients 728 Total $20,681,247.23 Average $28,408.31
Employer Chautauqua County Recipients 1,123 Total $20,559,876.77 Average $18,307.99
Employer Downstate Corr Facility Recipients 630 Total $20,283,607.07 Average $32,196.20
Employer Rochester Psych Center Recipients 814 Total $20,189,202.22 Average $24,802.46
Employer Attica Corr Facility Recipients 606 Total $19,977,945.00 Average $32,966.91
Employer City of Schenectady Recipients 611 Total $19,827,383.43 Average $32,450.71
Employer SUNY Health Sci Center Brooklyn Recipients 968 Total $19,771,932.24 Average $20,425.55
Employer SUNY Albany Recipients 881 Total $19,757,284.03 Average $22,425.98
Employer Buffalo City School District Recipients 1,288 Total $19,735,756.56 Average $15,322.79
Employer Dept Transportation Region 3 Recipients 688 Total $19,656,767.77 Average $28,570.88
Employer Dept Transportation Region 4 Recipients 681 Total $19,388,381.06 Average $28,470.46
Employer Auburn Corr Facility Recipients 590 Total $19,164,560.77 Average $32,482.31
Employer Ninth Judicial Dist Recipients 523 Total $19,154,919.57 Average $36,625.09
Employer Div Criminal Justice Serv Recipients 582 Total $19,092,447.29 Average $32,804.89
Employer Supreme Ct-Queens Co Recipients 414 Total $19,028,211.81 Average $45,961.86
Employer City of Niagara Falls Recipients 652 Total $18,676,098.18 Average $28,644.32
Employer Town of Islip Recipients 803 Total $18,552,528.86 Average $23,104.02
Employer NYC Civil Court Recipients 463 Total $18,412,636.82 Average $39,768.11
Employer Town of Clarkstown Recipients 371 Total $18,402,011.00 Average $49,601.11
Employer NYS Senate Regular Annual Recipients 663 Total $18,147,994.27 Average $27,372.54
Employer Town of Huntington Recipients 617 Total $18,127,014.83 Average $29,379.28
Employer Office of Court Administration Recipients 411 Total $18,124,219.53 Average $44,097.86
Employer NYC Judges Recipients 304 Total $17,694,746.29 Average $58,206.40
Employer Bernard Fineson Dev Center Recipients 773 Total $17,652,513.88 Average $22,836.37
Employer Metropolitan Trans Authority Recipients 490 Total $17,646,299.25 Average $36,012.86
Employer Off Alcohol & Substance Abuse Recipients 441 Total $17,546,401.85 Average $39,787.76
Employer Greater Binghamton Health Cntr Recipients 706 Total $17,439,959.52 Average $24,702.49
Employer City of Mount Vernon Recipients 521 Total $17,434,021.30 Average $33,462.61
Employer Dept Transportation Reg 2 Recipients 596 Total $17,433,624.22 Average $29,251.05
Employer Staten Island DDSO Recipients 843 Total $17,045,089.61 Average $20,219.56
Employer Health Research Inc Recipients 701 Total $17,013,105.20 Average $24,269.76
Employer Hsc At Brooklyn-Hospital Recipients 537 Total $16,940,410.48 Average $31,546.39
Employer Saratoga County Recipients 894 Total $16,729,814.63 Average $18,713.44
Employer Fishkill Corr Facility Recipients 584 Total $16,692,013.61 Average $28,582.22
Employer Town of Amherst Recipients 505 Total $16,648,812.46 Average $32,967.95
Employer City of Utica Recipients 593 Total $16,626,749.07 Average $28,038.36
Employer Great Meadow Corr Facility Recipients 513 Total $16,525,989.61 Average $32,214.40
Employer Insurance Department Recipients 439 Total $16,501,762.90 Average $37,589.44
Employer Dept Transportation Region 7 Recipients 606 Total $16,499,010.72 Average $27,226.09
Employer Greene Corr Facility Recipients 471 Total $16,206,095.88 Average $34,407.85
Employer Kings Park Psych Center Recipients 979 Total $16,101,847.39 Average $16,447.24
Employer Oswego County Recipients 834 Total $16,048,095.63 Average $19,242.32
Employer City of Troy Recipients 456 Total $15,860,871.60 Average $34,782.61
Employer Groveland Corr Facility Recipients 486 Total $15,797,180.98 Average $32,504.49
Employer NYS Higher Education Services Recipients 579 Total $15,704,478.24 Average $27,123.45
Employer Department of Social Services Recipients 785 Total $15,619,627.84 Average $19,897.62
Employer Gowanda Correctional Facility Recipients 461 Total $15,569,303.37 Average $33,772.89
Employer Dept of Agriculture & Markets Recipients 566 Total $15,444,001.39 Average $27,286.22
Employer Dept Transportation Region 6 Recipients 518 Total $15,383,173.98 Average $29,697.25
Employer Metro New York DDSO Recipients 615 Total $15,263,702.69 Average $24,819.03
Employer City of Binghamton Recipients 708 Total $15,128,976.43 Average $21,368.61
Employer Mohawk Correctional Facility Recipients 478 Total $15,032,384.89 Average $31,448.50
Employer Mt Mcgregor Corr Facility Recipients 449 Total $15,004,154.17 Average $33,416.82
Employer Sullivan County Recipients 777 Total $14,957,372.74 Average $19,250.16
Employer St Lawrence Psych Center Recipients 627 Total $14,883,377.14 Average $23,737.44
Employer Coxsackie Corr Facility Recipients 443 Total $14,874,123.47 Average $33,575.90
Employer NYS Community Supervision Recipients 324 Total $14,689,548.18 Average $45,338.11
Employer Cattaraugus County Recipients 811 Total $14,313,593.82 Average $17,649.31
Employer Town of Tonawanda Recipients 447 Total $14,300,721.70 Average $31,992.67
Employer Suffolk County Water Authority Recipients 406 Total $14,275,988.78 Average $35,162.53
Employer SUNY Health Sci Center Syracuse Recipients 826 Total $14,266,894.81 Average $17,272.27
Employer Department of State Recipients 501 Total $14,240,945.24 Average $28,425.04
Employer Hutchings Psych Center Recipients 535 Total $14,125,965.47 Average $26,403.67
Employer Ontario County Recipients 695 Total $14,075,408.66 Average $20,252.39
Employer NYS Dormitory Authority Recipients 353 Total $14,048,862.87 Average $39,798.48
Employer Mid-State Corr Facility Recipients 447 Total $14,047,463.36 Average $31,426.09
Employer City of Jamestown Recipients 562 Total $13,980,333.08 Average $24,876.04
Employer Chemung County Recipients 714 Total $13,735,463.52 Average $19,237.34
Employer Town of Colonie Recipients 458 Total $13,643,832.06 Average $29,790.03
Employer St Lawrence County Recipients 704 Total $13,614,318.22 Average $19,338.52
Employer Wyoming Corr Facility Recipients 425 Total $13,467,900.44 Average $31,689.18
Employer NYC Family Court Recipients 352 Total $13,420,870.02 Average $38,127.47
Employer BOCES Eastern Suffolk Recipients 701 Total $13,276,431.28 Average $18,939.27
Employer SUNY Binghamton Recipients 722 Total $13,268,728.52 Average $18,377.74
Employer BOCES-Nassau Sole Sup Dist Recipients 876 Total $13,256,558.69 Average $15,133.06
Employer New York State Assembly Recipients 594 Total $13,163,282.28 Average $22,160.41
Employer Collins Corr Facility Recipients 400 Total $13,144,241.43 Average $32,860.60
Employer Green Haven Corr Facility Recipients 455 Total $13,123,497.76 Average $28,842.85
Employer Brooklyn Public Library Recipients 688 Total $13,072,338.96 Average $19,000.49
Employer Yonkers City School Dist Recipients 874 Total $13,060,518.10 Average $14,943.38
Employer Sing Sing Corr Facility Recipients 438 Total $12,989,183.24 Average $29,655.67
Employer Div Alc & Alc Abuse Trtmnt Center Recipients 539 Total $12,952,404.88 Average $24,030.44
Employer Albion Corr Facility Recipients 424 Total $12,951,701.99 Average $30,546.47
Employer Steuben County Recipients 695 Total $12,929,872.21 Average $18,604.13
Employer Jefferson County Recipients 639 Total $12,626,654.41 Average $19,760.02
Employer Eastern NY Corr Facility Recipients 418 Total $12,612,570.14 Average $30,173.61
Employer Washington Corr Facility Recipients 367 Total $12,342,736.02 Average $33,631.43
Employer Town of Smithtown Recipients 402 Total $12,293,801.20 Average $30,581.60
Employer Village of Hempstead Recipients 262 Total $12,274,878.33 Average $46,850.68
Employer Putnam County Recipients 440 Total $12,111,187.16 Average $27,525.43
Employer Capital Dist Psych Center Recipients 444 Total $11,919,879.15 Average $26,846.57
Employer Town of Cheektowaga Recipients 366 Total $11,911,696.24 Average $32,545.62
Employer Queens Borough Public Library Recipients 624 Total $11,905,340.25 Average $19,079.07
Employer Tompkins County Recipients 718 Total $11,833,143.37 Average $16,480.70
Employer Town of Greenburgh Recipients 359 Total $11,783,920.28 Average $32,824.29
Employer Banking Department Recipients 345 Total $11,703,691.11 Average $33,923.74
Employer Warren County Recipients 654 Total $11,360,436.20 Average $17,370.70
Employer Syracuse City School Dist Recipients 788 Total $11,340,734.98 Average $14,391.80

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