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 Town of Highland Recipients 14 Total $160,016.77 Average $11,429.77
Employer Sagamore Autistic Unit Recipients 11 Total $159,635.36 Average $14,512.31
Employer Greater Atlantic Beach Water Reclaim Dst Recipients 7 Total $159,259.14 Average $22,751.31
Employer Staten Island Dev Disab Svcs Recipients 18 Total $158,710.56 Average $8,817.25
Employer Town of Candor Recipients 9 Total $158,666.95 Average $17,629.66
Employer Morris CSD Recipients 18 Total $158,556.86 Average $8,808.71
Employer Town of Pembroke Recipients 11 Total $158,175.64 Average $14,379.60
Employer Town of West Monroe Recipients 9 Total $157,171.52 Average $17,463.50
Employer Town of Friendship Recipients 12 Total $157,165.90 Average $13,097.16
Employer Village of Woodridge Recipients 12 Total $156,998.58 Average $13,083.22
Employer Morristown CSD Recipients 19 Total $156,924.11 Average $8,259.16
Employer Minerva CSD Recipients 17 Total $156,327.84 Average $9,195.76
Employer Town of Lumberland Recipients 12 Total $155,849.91 Average $12,987.49
Employer Village of Camden Recipients 12 Total $155,331.95 Average $12,944.33
Employer Bolton CSD Recipients 13 Total $155,150.01 Average $11,934.62
Employer Village of Mohawk Recipients 10 Total $154,428.76 Average $15,442.88
Employer Village of Caledonia Recipients 11 Total $154,141.12 Average $14,012.83
Employer Village of Altamont Recipients 9 Total $153,941.13 Average $17,104.57
Employer Willsboro CSD Recipients 21 Total $153,843.97 Average $7,325.90
Employer Town of Maine Recipients 15 Total $153,476.23 Average $10,231.75
Employer S Tier West Reg Plan,Dev Bd Recipients 7 Total $152,726.76 Average $21,818.11
Employer Town of Sanford Recipients 10 Total $152,327.19 Average $15,232.72
Employer S Tier East Reg Plan,Dev Bd Recipients 8 Total $152,202.00 Average $19,025.25
Employer Village of Yorkville Recipients 9 Total $152,153.91 Average $16,905.99
Employer Town of Cairo Recipients 15 Total $152,073.85 Average $10,138.26
Employer Dix Hills Fire District Recipients 6 Total $152,015.51 Average $25,335.92
Employer Town of Watertown Recipients 9 Total $151,790.59 Average $16,865.62
Employer Wyoming CSD Recipients 15 Total $151,727.33 Average $10,115.16
Employer Town of Portland Recipients 10 Total $151,525.18 Average $15,152.52
Employer Town of Lenox Recipients 8 Total $151,128.09 Average $18,891.01
Employer Village of Pulaski Recipients 13 Total $150,125.54 Average $11,548.12
Employer Town of Westmoreland Recipients 16 Total $150,061.65 Average $9,378.85
Employer Town of Union Vale Recipients 13 Total $149,942.27 Average $11,534.02
Employer Town of Kingsbury Recipients 11 Total $149,709.63 Average $13,609.97
Employer Village of Flower Hill Recipients 5 Total $149,685.45 Average $29,937.09
Employer Town of North Harmony Recipients 7 Total $149,220.77 Average $21,317.25
Employer Village of Sylvan Beach Recipients 8 Total $148,922.98 Average $18,615.37
Employer Jn Adam Small Residence Unit Recipients 11 Total $148,855.16 Average $13,532.29
Employer Town of Croghan Recipients 9 Total $148,601.45 Average $16,511.27
Employer Town of Nassau Recipients 10 Total $147,798.69 Average $14,779.87
Employer Village of Dryden Recipients 9 Total $147,468.80 Average $16,385.42
Employer Village of Norwood Recipients 12 Total $147,031.56 Average $12,252.63
Employer Town of Lewis Recipients 8 Total $146,919.43 Average $18,364.93
Employer Springs UFSD of East Hampton Recipients 8 Total $146,854.85 Average $18,356.86
Employer Dutchess Water Wastewater Auth Recipients 4 Total $146,759.81 Average $36,689.95
Employer Town of Stockport Recipients 7 Total $146,508.60 Average $20,929.80
Employer Village of Nunda Recipients 7 Total $146,273.64 Average $20,896.23
Employer Hicksville Fire District Recipients 5 Total $146,214.73 Average $29,242.95
Employer Herkimer Housing Authority Recipients 8 Total $146,096.79 Average $18,262.10
Employer Town of Springfield Recipients 9 Total $145,924.72 Average $16,213.86
Employer Lawyers Client Protection Fund Recipients 4 Total $145,786.65 Average $36,446.66
Employer NYS Foundation Sci Tech Innov Recipients 5 Total $145,748.87 Average $29,149.77
Employer Legislative Library Recipients 6 Total $144,915.43 Average $24,152.57
Employer Massena Housing Authority Recipients 10 Total $144,318.15 Average $14,431.82
Employer Capital Dist Reg Planning Comm Recipients 5 Total $143,961.33 Average $28,792.27
Employer Andes CSD Recipients 13 Total $143,871.47 Average $11,067.04
Employer Town of Hounsfield Recipients 11 Total $143,642.36 Average $13,058.40
Employer Beacon Housing Authority Recipients 7 Total $143,197.85 Average $20,456.84
Employer Montauk UFSD Recipients 6 Total $143,186.31 Average $23,864.39
Employer Village of Dundee Recipients 9 Total $143,074.72 Average $15,897.19
Employer Field Library Recipients 7 Total $142,829.74 Average $20,404.25
Employer Town of Wolcott Recipients 10 Total $141,944.62 Average $14,194.46
Employer Town of Wilson Recipients 9 Total $141,839.68 Average $15,759.96
Employer Village of Phoenix Recipients 15 Total $141,317.64 Average $9,421.18
Employer Genesee Val Reg Mark Authority Recipients 4 Total $141,168.00 Average $35,292.00
Employer Centereach Fire District Recipients 8 Total $141,034.77 Average $17,629.35
Employer Bethpage Fire District Recipients 4 Total $141,003.81 Average $35,250.95
Employer Authorities Budget Office Recipients 2 Total $139,952.17 Average $69,976.09
Employer Saratoga Springs Housing Auth Recipients 6 Total $139,771.13 Average $23,295.19
Employer Town of Caneadea Recipients 6 Total $139,648.98 Average $23,274.83
Employer Town of Elbridge Recipients 10 Total $139,406.41 Average $13,940.64
Employer Town of Horicon Recipients 15 Total $139,228.57 Average $9,281.90
Employer Town of Schroeppel Recipients 16 Total $138,884.28 Average $8,680.27
Employer Town of Wayland Recipients 10 Total $138,719.12 Average $13,871.91
Employer Roch-Genesee Reg Trans Council Recipients 8 Total $138,540.78 Average $17,317.60
Employer Lake Pleasant CSD Recipients 12 Total $138,502.55 Average $11,541.88
Employer West Hempstead Public Library Recipients 11 Total $138,475.56 Average $12,588.69
Employer Town of Geneva Recipients 11 Total $138,449.77 Average $12,586.34
Employer Town of Huron Recipients 8 Total $138,369.70 Average $17,296.21
Employer Town of Lowville Recipients 10 Total $138,075.94 Average $13,807.59
Employer Town of Watson Recipients 9 Total $137,845.23 Average $15,316.14
Employer No Onondaga Library District Recipients 10 Total $137,728.96 Average $13,772.90
Employer Lagrange Fire District Recipients 3 Total $137,464.58 Average $45,821.53
Employer Town of Colden Recipients 10 Total $137,425.26 Average $13,742.53
Employer Town of Hastings Recipients 10 Total $136,266.36 Average $13,626.64
Employer Town of Duanesburg Recipients 13 Total $136,187.53 Average $10,475.96
Employer Town of Beekmantown Recipients 12 Total $136,145.88 Average $11,345.49
Employer Town of Belfast Recipients 6 Total $135,723.50 Average $22,620.58
Employer Canisteo CSD Recipients 22 Total $135,223.20 Average $6,146.51
Employer Fulton Community Dev Agcy Recipients 8 Total $134,962.63 Average $16,870.33
Employer Canton Housing Authority Recipients 6 Total $134,490.91 Average $22,415.15
Employer Town of Gouverneur Recipients 11 Total $134,456.66 Average $12,223.33
Employer Town of Milo Recipients 12 Total $134,344.00 Average $11,195.33
Employer Town of Chesterfield Recipients 10 Total $134,267.68 Average $13,426.77
Employer Town of Sennett Recipients 8 Total $134,182.34 Average $16,772.79
Employer Village of Chatham Recipients 11 Total $134,099.42 Average $12,190.86
Employer Town of Oswegatchie Recipients 9 Total $134,026.94 Average $14,891.88
Employer Town of Vernon Recipients 10 Total $133,841.94 Average $13,384.19
Employer Town of Cambridge Recipients 8 Total $133,348.42 Average $16,668.55
Employer Town of Sherburne Recipients 8 Total $133,346.05 Average $16,668.26

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