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 Science Technology & Academic Recipients 6 Total $63,843.66 Average $10,640.61
Employer Village of Cove Neck Recipients 3 Total $63,797.92 Average $21,265.97
Employer Town of Reading Recipients 3 Total $63,793.62 Average $21,264.54
Employer Clifton Park Water Authority Recipients 3 Total $63,344.80 Average $21,114.93
Employer Town of Alabama Recipients 7 Total $63,337.61 Average $9,048.23
Employer Village of Port Byron Recipients 7 Total $63,336.58 Average $9,048.08
Employer Town of Italy Recipients 7 Total $63,238.86 Average $9,034.12
Employer Quogue UFSD Recipients 4 Total $63,231.83 Average $15,807.96
Employer Town of Cayuta Recipients 3 Total $63,135.72 Average $21,045.24
Employer Town of Smithfield Recipients 3 Total $63,106.37 Average $21,035.46
Employer Town of Avoca Recipients 5 Total $63,063.85 Average $12,612.77
Employer Town of Attica Recipients 6 Total $62,936.29 Average $10,489.38
Employer Town of Ausable Recipients 8 Total $62,774.84 Average $7,846.86
Employer Village of Philadelphia Recipients 4 Total $62,665.78 Average $15,666.45
Employer Town of Butler Recipients 3 Total $62,611.53 Average $20,870.51
Employer Chautauqua Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 4 Total $62,527.93 Average $15,631.98
Employer Dutchess Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 4 Total $62,448.99 Average $15,612.25
Employer Village of Oakfield Recipients 5 Total $62,206.79 Average $12,441.36
Employer Essex Soil, Water Cons District Recipients 3 Total $62,106.95 Average $20,702.32
Employer Town of Arkwright Recipients 5 Total $61,758.75 Average $12,351.75
Employer Town of Leicester Recipients 5 Total $61,707.92 Average $12,341.58
Employer Roosevelt Public Library Recipients 3 Total $61,523.44 Average $20,507.81
Employer Town of New Berlin Recipients 6 Total $61,514.82 Average $10,252.47
Employer County Clerks Off Queens Co Recipients 5 Total $61,416.60 Average $12,283.32
Employer Rochester Psy Center Recipients 7 Total $61,174.16 Average $8,739.17
Employer Town of Hamden Recipients 4 Total $60,869.91 Average $15,217.48
Employer O D Heck Autistic Unit Recipients 9 Total $60,765.76 Average $6,751.75
Employer Town of Otego Recipients 3 Total $60,469.13 Average $20,156.38
Employer Ridge Fire District Recipients 2 Total $60,411.45 Average $30,205.73
Employer Civil Service - Test Admin Recipients 12 Total $60,411.09 Average $5,034.26
Employer Human Support Services Corp. Recipients 3 Total $60,333.04 Average $20,111.01
Employer Town of Hartford Recipients 4 Total $60,277.91 Average $15,069.48
Employer Town of Wilmington Recipients 4 Total $60,275.97 Average $15,068.99
Employer Village of Montebello Recipients 3 Total $60,238.80 Average $20,079.60
Employer Newburgh Housing Authority Recipients 9 Total $60,210.83 Average $6,690.09
Employer Leg Adv Task Force Reapp Co C Recipients 2 Total $59,943.48 Average $29,971.74
Employer NYS Assoc Twn Supts Highways Recipients 2 Total $59,893.00 Average $29,946.50
Employer Piseco Common Sd Recipients 4 Total $59,873.03 Average $14,968.26
Employer Delaware Valley CSD Recipients 7 Total $59,820.16 Average $8,545.74
Employer Town of Williamstown Recipients 4 Total $59,755.43 Average $14,938.86
Employer Town of Hume Recipients 3 Total $59,673.11 Average $19,891.04
Employer Town of Middleburgh Recipients 7 Total $59,625.62 Average $8,517.95
Employer Monroe Secure Unit Recipients 4 Total $59,592.12 Average $14,898.03
Employer Town of Rushford Recipients 5 Total $59,498.07 Average $11,899.61
Employer Town of Ovid Recipients 4 Total $59,484.01 Average $14,871.00
Employer Town of Nanticoke Recipients 6 Total $59,383.38 Average $9,897.23
Employer Woodstock Public Library Recipients 4 Total $59,370.38 Average $14,842.60
Employer Town of Moravia Recipients 4 Total $59,229.62 Average $14,807.41
Employer Village of Nassau Recipients 4 Total $59,228.09 Average $14,807.02
Employer Town of Campbell Recipients 4 Total $59,118.29 Average $14,779.57
Employer Village of Sackets Harbor Recipients 5 Total $58,979.02 Average $11,795.80
Employer Woodridge Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $58,923.29 Average $19,641.10
Employer Town of Murray Recipients 3 Total $58,914.53 Average $19,638.18
Employer Village of Maybrook Recipients 13 Total $58,827.24 Average $4,525.17
Employer Rensselaer Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 5 Total $58,789.34 Average $11,757.87
Employer Select Commit Interstate Coop Recipients 1 Total $58,780.44 Average $58,780.44
Employer Rockland Co Solid Waste Auth Recipients 3 Total $58,658.70 Average $19,552.90
Employer Advis Comm Admin Justice Recipients 2 Total $58,644.00 Average $29,322.00
Employer Village of Northville Recipients 3 Total $58,566.39 Average $19,522.13
Employer Oceanside Fire District Recipients 4 Total $58,487.89 Average $14,621.97
Employer Town of Yorkshire Recipients 6 Total $58,329.47 Average $9,721.58
Employer Town of Bethany Recipients 6 Total $58,252.50 Average $9,708.75
Employer Village of Muttontown Recipients 3 Total $57,970.60 Average $19,323.53
Employer Village of Forestville Recipients 3 Total $57,871.96 Average $19,290.65
Employer Allegany Co Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 2 Total $57,788.91 Average $28,894.46
Employer Village of South Floral Park Recipients 2 Total $57,691.68 Average $28,845.84
Employer Village of Ellicottville Recipients 4 Total $57,339.42 Average $14,334.86
Employer Town of Remsen Recipients 4 Total $57,200.12 Average $14,300.03
Employer Town of Villenova Recipients 9 Total $57,039.72 Average $6,337.75
Employer Village of Clinton Recipients 3 Total $56,812.23 Average $18,937.41
Employer Town of Minisink Recipients 3 Total $56,248.97 Average $18,749.66
Employer Deer Park Fire District #14 Recipients 2 Total $56,152.70 Average $28,076.35
Employer Town of Angelica Recipients 4 Total $56,019.24 Average $14,004.81
Employer Town of Ellington Recipients 6 Total $55,840.55 Average $9,306.76
Employer Town of Crown Point Recipients 7 Total $55,717.53 Average $7,959.65
Employer Town of Afton Recipients 6 Total $55,688.90 Average $9,281.48
Employer Uniondale Fire Dist Recipients 2 Total $55,529.84 Average $27,764.92
Employer Town of Deerfield Recipients 7 Total $55,381.18 Average $7,911.60
Employer Town of Taghkanic Recipients 4 Total $55,355.28 Average $13,838.82
Employer Town of Broome Recipients 2 Total $55,315.86 Average $27,657.93
Employer Village of Moravia Recipients 3 Total $55,292.29 Average $18,430.76
Employer Village of Pittsford Recipients 4 Total $55,187.97 Average $13,796.99
Employer County Clerks Off Kings Co Recipients 5 Total $54,949.99 Average $10,990.00
Employer Little Valley CSD Recipients 6 Total $54,871.96 Average $9,145.33
Employer Carle Place Water District Recipients 1 Total $54,818.97 Average $54,818.97
Employer Freeport Community Devel Agcy Recipients 4 Total $54,694.96 Average $13,673.74
Employer Norwich Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $54,473.81 Average $18,157.94
Employer Leg Commis Public Private Coop Recipients 2 Total $54,348.12 Average $27,174.06
Employer BOCES Genesee Wyoming Recipients 10 Total $54,298.96 Average $5,429.90
Employer Town of Rodman Recipients 7 Total $54,064.11 Average $7,723.44
Employer Village of Cambridge Recipients 6 Total $53,990.07 Average $8,998.35
Employer Saratoga Co Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 3 Total $53,898.33 Average $17,966.11
Employer Town of Fulton Recipients 9 Total $53,579.44 Average $5,953.27
Employer Kenmore Housing Authority Recipients 4 Total $53,424.02 Average $13,356.01
Employer Sugar Loaf UFSD At Chester Recipients 9 Total $52,973.24 Average $5,885.92
Employer Town of Sheldon Recipients 6 Total $52,891.06 Average $8,815.18
Employer Lt Governor Office Staff Recipients 7 Total $52,872.74 Average $7,553.25
Employer Village of Schuylerville Recipients 5 Total $52,849.89 Average $10,569.98
Employer Town of Norwich Recipients 7 Total $52,818.66 Average $7,545.52
Employer Oswego School Dist Pub Library Recipients 4 Total $52,815.00 Average $13,203.75

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