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 Holland CSD Recipients 68 Total $737,882.28 Average $10,851.21
Employer Onondaga Co Res Rec Agcy Recipients 38 Total $737,007.82 Average $19,394.94
Employer SUNY College of Optometry Recipients 34 Total $732,572.82 Average $21,546.26
Employer Brasher Falls CSD Recipients 67 Total $730,879.80 Average $10,908.65
Employer Village of Piermont Recipients 17 Total $729,979.89 Average $42,939.99
Employer Johnstown City School Dist Recipients 67 Total $727,206.13 Average $10,853.82
Employer York CSD Recipients 47 Total $726,772.45 Average $15,463.24
Employer Eden CSD Recipients 68 Total $726,305.89 Average $10,680.97
Employer Waverly CSD Recipients 69 Total $726,054.25 Average $10,522.53
Employer Newfane CSD Recipients 59 Total $725,719.41 Average $12,300.33
Employer Hicksville Water District Recipients 13 Total $725,627.85 Average $55,817.53
Employer Rensselaer City School Dist Recipients 60 Total $723,357.76 Average $12,055.96
Employer Marcellus CSD Recipients 70 Total $722,100.83 Average $10,315.73
Employer Village of Saranac Lake Recipients 40 Total $721,170.01 Average $18,029.25
Employer Tupper Lake CSD Recipients 50 Total $720,401.07 Average $14,408.02
Employer Binghamton Childrens Services Recipients 29 Total $719,880.38 Average $24,823.46
Employer SUNY Coll Ceramics Alfred Univ Recipients 43 Total $719,781.50 Average $16,739.10
Employer Wellsville CSD Recipients 62 Total $719,538.97 Average $11,605.47
Employer Village of Patchogue Recipients 45 Total $718,490.03 Average $15,966.45
Employer Pulaski CSD Recipients 56 Total $717,748.91 Average $12,816.94
Employer Mechanicville City School Dist Recipients 62 Total $715,448.81 Average $11,539.50
Employer Jericho Public Library Recipients 21 Total $714,045.46 Average $34,002.16
Employer Cleveland Hill UFSD Recipients 43 Total $713,553.74 Average $16,594.27
Employer Port Byron CSD Recipients 58 Total $712,363.36 Average $12,282.13
Employer Town of Southeast Recipients 38 Total $712,111.06 Average $18,739.76
Employer General Brown CSD Recipients 75 Total $711,381.63 Average $9,485.09
Employer Lansingburgh CSD At Troy Recipients 48 Total $709,234.76 Average $14,775.72
Employer Corinth CSD Recipients 57 Total $708,458.46 Average $12,429.10
Employer Warrensburg CSD Recipients 48 Total $708,401.25 Average $14,758.36
Employer Village of Greenport Recipients 35 Total $708,254.41 Average $20,235.84
Employer BOCES-Cayuga Onondaga Recipients 72 Total $708,111.32 Average $9,834.88
Employer Albion CSD Recipients 64 Total $706,867.83 Average $11,044.81
Employer Utica-Marcy Psych Center Recipients 82 Total $704,042.99 Average $8,585.89
Employer Town of Tuxedo Recipients 27 Total $703,286.37 Average $26,047.64
Employer Rome Small Residence Unit Recipients 39 Total $702,556.29 Average $18,014.26
Employer Greenville CSD Recipients 61 Total $702,006.32 Average $11,508.30
Employer Town of Cicero Recipients 49 Total $700,179.12 Average $14,289.37
Employer Town of Lockport Recipients 36 Total $697,530.76 Average $19,375.85
Employer Wheatland-Chili CSD Recipients 49 Total $696,974.09 Average $14,223.96
Employer Newark Valley CSD Recipients 84 Total $696,907.40 Average $8,296.52
Employer Town of Ellicott Recipients 35 Total $695,902.11 Average $19,882.92
Employer Schodack CSD Recipients 63 Total $695,550.25 Average $11,040.48
Employer Hoosic Valley CSD Recipients 63 Total $691,204.16 Average $10,971.49
Employer Fabius-Pompey CSD Recipients 49 Total $691,052.21 Average $14,103.11
Employer Addison CSD Recipients 68 Total $690,399.70 Average $10,152.94
Employer Rye Neck UFSD Recipients 32 Total $689,859.35 Average $21,558.10
Employer Town of Niagara Recipients 38 Total $687,793.91 Average $18,099.84
Employer Town of Plattsburgh Recipients 41 Total $687,431.18 Average $16,766.61
Employer Catskill CSD Recipients 57 Total $685,293.29 Average $12,022.69
Employer Village of Horseheads Recipients 29 Total $683,759.30 Average $23,577.91
Employer Cato-Meridian CSD Recipients 61 Total $682,760.00 Average $11,192.79
Employer Sandy Creek CSD Recipients 67 Total $681,753.54 Average $10,175.43
Employer Bellmore UFSD Recipients 42 Total $679,216.82 Average $16,171.83
Employer Solvay UFSD Recipients 69 Total $678,473.16 Average $9,832.94
Employer Clyde-Savannah CSD Recipients 51 Total $677,427.44 Average $13,282.89
Employer So Huntington Public Library Recipients 26 Total $676,906.72 Average $26,034.87
Employer Village of Webster Recipients 27 Total $676,830.62 Average $25,067.80
Employer Town of Fishkill Recipients 39 Total $675,375.57 Average $17,317.32
Employer Waterloo CSD Recipients 81 Total $672,356.86 Average $8,300.70
Employer BOCES-Otsego Northern Catskill Recipients 47 Total $671,749.26 Average $14,292.54
Employer Clinton CSD Recipients 57 Total $668,988.08 Average $11,736.63
Employer Utica Psych Center Recipients 58 Total $667,676.81 Average $11,511.67
Employer Williamson CSD Recipients 69 Total $667,372.13 Average $9,672.06
Employer Tri-Valley CSD At Grahamsville Recipients 54 Total $666,067.42 Average $12,334.58
Employer Southold UFSD Recipients 37 Total $662,600.19 Average $17,908.11
Employer Chautauqua Lake CSD Recipients 45 Total $662,203.55 Average $14,715.63
Employer Village of Menands Recipients 29 Total $655,982.51 Average $22,620.09
Employer Village of Highland Falls Recipients 29 Total $655,053.95 Average $22,588.07
Employer Dalton-Nunda CSD Recipients 54 Total $654,140.10 Average $12,113.71
Employer Unatego CSD Recipients 58 Total $652,808.28 Average $11,255.32
Employer Beaver River CSD Recipients 60 Total $651,451.48 Average $10,857.52
Employer Lackawanna Mun Housing Auth Recipients 26 Total $649,799.82 Average $24,992.30
Employer Longwood Public Library Recipients 22 Total $648,356.91 Average $29,470.77
Employer Town of Liberty Recipients 29 Total $646,513.44 Average $22,293.57
Employer Bellmore Memorial Library Recipients 15 Total $646,372.89 Average $43,091.53
Employer Broadalbin-Perth CSD Recipients 59 Total $644,176.74 Average $10,918.25
Employer Moravia CSD Recipients 62 Total $643,663.09 Average $10,381.66
Employer Hawthorne-Cedar Knolls UFSD Recipients 43 Total $642,775.15 Average $14,948.26
Employer Franklinville CSD Recipients 50 Total $639,980.57 Average $12,799.61
Employer Village of Oyster Bay Cove Recipients 12 Total $639,845.94 Average $53,320.50
Employer Village of Ellenville Recipients 29 Total $639,624.68 Average $22,056.02
Employer Westmoreland CSD Recipients 51 Total $637,988.17 Average $12,509.57
Employer Hoosick Falls CSD Recipients 50 Total $637,026.64 Average $12,740.53
Employer Massapequa Public Library Recipients 21 Total $635,643.92 Average $30,268.76
Employer Fredonia CSD Recipients 62 Total $635,470.47 Average $10,249.52
Employer Harpursville CSD Recipients 64 Total $633,308.43 Average $9,895.44
Employer Peninsula Public Library Recipients 22 Total $631,986.75 Average $28,726.67
Employer Elmsford UFSD Recipients 31 Total $631,033.61 Average $20,355.92
Employer Onondaga CSD Recipients 36 Total $629,845.37 Average $17,495.70
Employer Town of Shelter Island Recipients 38 Total $624,126.06 Average $16,424.37
Employer Village of South Nyack Recipients 13 Total $623,133.27 Average $47,933.33
Employer No Hempstead Sol Wst Mgmt Auth Recipients 22 Total $621,592.46 Average $28,254.20
Employer Cuba Rushford CSD Recipients 60 Total $621,424.32 Average $10,357.07
Employer Village of Springville Recipients 23 Total $620,725.52 Average $26,988.07
Employer Lansing CSD Recipients 75 Total $619,814.81 Average $8,264.20
Employer Middleburgh CSD Recipients 56 Total $618,392.31 Average $11,042.72
Employer Town of La Grange Recipients 33 Total $617,828.07 Average $18,722.06
Employer Niagara Falls Housing Authorit Recipients 32 Total $617,818.51 Average $19,306.83
Employer Town of Farmington Recipients 35 Total $614,978.94 Average $17,570.83
Employer Granville CSD Recipients 51 Total $613,974.95 Average $12,038.72

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