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 City of Long Beach Recipients 303 Total $11,210,369.56 Average $36,997.92
Employer Town of Orangetown Recipients 226 Total $11,167,745.71 Average $49,414.80
Employer NYS Teachers Retirement System Recipients 278 Total $11,095,594.73 Average $39,912.21
Employer Wayne County Recipients 606 Total $10,940,320.58 Average $18,053.33
Employer City of Rome Recipients 603 Total $10,865,337.03 Average $18,018.80
Employer Franklin Corr Facility Recipients 342 Total $10,860,153.97 Average $31,754.84
Employer Clinton County Recipients 590 Total $10,849,683.54 Average $18,389.29
Employer Dept of Financial Services Recipients 214 Total $10,847,096.33 Average $50,687.37
Employer Southport Correction Facility Recipients 332 Total $10,790,792.67 Average $32,502.39
Employer Woodbourne Corr Facility Recipients 345 Total $10,786,428.84 Average $31,265.01
Employer Town of Southampton Recipients 329 Total $10,782,437.97 Average $32,773.37
Employer Village of Freeport Recipients 260 Total $10,771,607.30 Average $41,429.26
Employer Genesee County Recipients 587 Total $10,761,275.94 Average $18,332.67
Employer Marcy Correctional Facility Recipients 322 Total $10,718,466.35 Average $33,287.16
Employer Town of Ramapo Recipients 241 Total $10,666,841.27 Average $44,260.75
Employer Cayuga County Recipients 651 Total $10,641,333.63 Average $16,346.13
Employer New York State Canal Corp. Recipients 406 Total $10,632,202.83 Average $26,187.69
Employer Off of The Med Inspector Gen Recipients 223 Total $10,587,898.81 Average $47,479.37
Employer Niagara Frontier Trans Auth Recipients 334 Total $10,412,487.62 Average $31,175.11
Employer Columbia County Recipients 589 Total $10,372,196.72 Average $17,609.84
Employer Livingston County Recipients 536 Total $10,366,584.92 Average $19,340.64
Employer Long Island St Pk And Rec Regn Recipients 471 Total $10,358,216.41 Average $21,991.97
Employer Division For Youth Recipients 659 Total $10,350,606.23 Average $15,706.53
Employer Town of Babylon Recipients 373 Total $10,319,326.25 Average $27,665.75
Employer Helen Hayes Hospital Recipients 483 Total $10,279,189.95 Average $21,281.97
Employer Elmira Psych Center Recipients 384 Total $10,216,429.99 Average $26,605.29
Employer Div Military & Naval Affairs Recipients 455 Total $10,197,866.79 Average $22,412.89
Employer Middletown Psych Center Recipients 512 Total $10,120,019.04 Average $19,765.66
Employer Roswell Park Memorial Inst Recipients 536 Total $10,096,325.72 Average $18,836.43
Employer Ulster Correction Facility Recipients 289 Total $10,026,953.14 Average $34,695.34
Employer Office of Real Property Servic Recipients 258 Total $9,867,671.64 Average $38,246.79
Employer Appellate Div 2nd Dept Recipients 218 Total $9,800,157.63 Average $44,954.85
Employer Orleans Corr Facility Recipients 296 Total $9,759,263.52 Average $32,970.48
Employer Town of Greece Recipients 339 Total $9,742,204.19 Average $28,738.07
Employer City of Ithaca Recipients 350 Total $9,738,230.91 Average $27,823.52
Employer Brentwood UFSD Recipients 516 Total $9,653,494.64 Average $18,708.32
Employer Altona Corr Facility Recipients 282 Total $9,473,766.92 Average $33,594.92
Employer Village of Garden City Recipients 256 Total $9,465,276.03 Average $36,973.73
Employer Hudson Corr Facility Recipients 282 Total $9,434,142.46 Average $33,454.41
Employer Village of Scarsdale Recipients 234 Total $9,383,601.28 Average $40,100.86
Employer Appellate Div 1st Dept Recipients 190 Total $9,308,609.87 Average $48,992.68
Employer Division of The Budget Recipients 206 Total $9,299,698.49 Average $45,144.17
Employer NYS Psychiatric Institute Recipients 313 Total $9,189,636.80 Average $29,359.86
Employer SUNY College At Buffalo Recipients 428 Total $9,170,184.40 Average $21,425.66
Employer Arthur Kill Corr Facility Recipients 330 Total $9,090,095.87 Average $27,545.75
Employer Bedford Hills Corr Facility Recipients 315 Total $9,060,117.17 Average $28,762.28
Employer Cayuga Correctional Facility Recipients 258 Total $9,055,596.31 Average $35,099.21
Employer Bare Hill Correction Facility Recipients 279 Total $8,947,981.38 Average $32,071.62
Employer Queensboro Corr Facility Recipients 296 Total $8,929,596.74 Average $30,167.56
Employer Watertown Corr Facility Recipients 273 Total $8,918,131.50 Average $32,667.15
Employer Wyoming County Recipients 593 Total $8,855,987.44 Average $14,934.21
Employer Office Parks, Rec & Hist Pres Recipients 247 Total $8,839,059.61 Average $35,785.67
Employer Town of Harrison Recipients 243 Total $8,794,058.57 Average $36,189.54
Employer Adirondack Correction Facility Recipients 278 Total $8,759,754.15 Average $31,509.91
Employer Sagamore Psych Center Children Recipients 287 Total $8,724,476.51 Average $30,398.87
Employer SUNY Central Admin Recipients 279 Total $8,706,316.42 Average $31,205.44
Employer Fulton County Recipients 580 Total $8,646,239.66 Average $14,907.31
Employer Town of North Hempstead Recipients 326 Total $8,632,188.95 Average $26,479.11
Employer City of Newburgh Recipients 303 Total $8,500,289.70 Average $28,053.76
Employer Village of Rockville Centre Recipients 218 Total $8,461,760.56 Average $38,815.42
Employer Otisville Corr Facility Recipients 273 Total $8,451,673.70 Average $30,958.51
Employer Riverview Correction Facility Recipients 261 Total $8,439,218.56 Average $32,334.17
Employer City of North Tonawanda Recipients 277 Total $8,342,921.58 Average $30,118.85
Employer Lewis County Recipients 508 Total $8,303,207.19 Average $16,344.90
Employer SUNY College At Oswego Recipients 401 Total $8,227,877.95 Average $20,518.40
Employer City of Kingston Recipients 331 Total $8,212,258.50 Average $24,810.45
Employer Metro Suburban Bus Authority Recipients 450 Total $8,184,231.65 Average $18,187.18
Employer City of Watertown Recipients 323 Total $8,178,244.30 Average $25,319.64
Employer Lakeview Shock Incarc Facility Recipients 261 Total $8,017,365.09 Average $30,717.87
Employer Rockland Psych Center Children Recipients 283 Total $8,016,135.69 Average $28,325.57
Employer County Clerks Within NYC Recipients 254 Total $7,973,001.43 Average $31,389.77
Employer City of Poughkeepsie Recipients 286 Total $7,930,039.65 Average $27,727.41
Employer Cape Vincent Corr Facility Recipients 252 Total $7,927,458.13 Average $31,458.17
Employer Kirby Forensic Psych Center Recipients 244 Total $7,888,367.00 Average $32,329.37
Employer SUNY Brockport Recipients 391 Total $7,882,529.93 Average $20,159.92
Employer City of Elmira Recipients 291 Total $7,860,979.45 Average $27,013.68
Employer City of Auburn Recipients 266 Total $7,760,652.45 Average $29,175.39
Employer Ogdensburg Corr Facility Recipients 238 Total $7,758,338.75 Average $32,598.06
Employer City of Oswego Recipients 309 Total $7,667,340.19 Average $24,813.40
Employer Insurance Dept-Liquidation Bur Recipients 316 Total $7,614,671.60 Average $24,097.06
Employer Gouverneur Correction Facility Recipients 209 Total $7,539,706.71 Average $36,075.15
Employer Dept of Economic Development Recipients 262 Total $7,510,789.12 Average $28,667.13
Employer Washington County Recipients 510 Total $7,487,576.39 Average $14,681.52
Employer Empire State Development Corp. Recipients 272 Total $7,484,427.65 Average $27,516.28
Employer Wappingers CSD Recipients 461 Total $7,452,494.16 Average $16,165.93
Employer City of Saratoga Springs Recipients 267 Total $7,432,319.93 Average $27,836.40
Employer Medicaid Fraud Control Recipients 169 Total $7,341,681.09 Average $43,441.90
Employer Queens Psych Center Children Recipients 277 Total $7,337,633.64 Average $26,489.65
Employer Wallkill Corr Facility Recipients 255 Total $7,306,359.47 Average $28,652.39
Employer Sullivan Corr Facility Recipients 251 Total $7,274,752.11 Average $28,983.08
Employer BOCES Westchester Sole Supvsry Recipients 371 Total $7,271,072.18 Average $19,598.58
Employer East Ramapo CSD Recipients 411 Total $7,247,018.43 Average $17,632.65
Employer Dept Transportation Reg 11 Recipients 207 Total $7,243,165.91 Average $34,991.14
Employer Greene County Recipients 441 Total $7,239,637.72 Average $16,416.41
Employer Livingston Correction Facility Recipients 229 Total $7,228,553.67 Average $31,565.74
Employer City of Glen Cove Recipients 173 Total $7,214,531.47 Average $41,702.49
Employer Otsego County Recipients 516 Total $7,163,700.34 Average $13,883.14
Employer Central Islip Psych Center Recipients 439 Total $7,123,230.72 Average $16,226.04
Employer SUNY College Techn Farmingdale Recipients 328 Total $7,117,774.07 Average $21,700.53
Employer Willard Drug Treatment Campus Recipients 221 Total $7,107,452.61 Average $32,160.42

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