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 SUNY College At Geneseo Recipients 338 Total $7,080,772.19 Average $20,949.03
Employer Cortland County Recipients 426 Total $7,040,203.13 Average $16,526.30
Employer SUNY College At Fredonia Recipients 310 Total $6,998,303.02 Average $22,575.17
Employer SUNY College At Oneonta Recipients 347 Total $6,993,135.01 Average $20,153.13
Employer Madison County Recipients 430 Total $6,949,700.37 Average $16,162.09
Employer BOCES-Monroe Recipients 633 Total $6,939,765.34 Average $10,963.29
Employer SUNY College At Plattsburgh Recipients 328 Total $6,894,422.52 Average $21,019.58
Employer Oneida Correctional Facility Recipients 235 Total $6,851,221.87 Average $29,154.14
Employer City of Plattsburgh Recipients 245 Total $6,848,640.52 Average $27,953.63
Employer Sachem CSD At Holbrook Recipients 443 Total $6,835,227.33 Average $15,429.41
Employer SUNY College At Cortland Recipients 347 Total $6,804,691.90 Average $19,610.06
Employer Mid-Orange Corr Facility Recipients 240 Total $6,801,796.82 Average $28,340.82
Employer Allegany County Recipients 347 Total $6,761,494.54 Average $19,485.58
Employer Herkimer County Recipients 450 Total $6,754,547.93 Average $15,010.11
Employer Town of Yorktown Recipients 199 Total $6,703,507.71 Average $33,685.97
Employer Smithtown CSD Recipients 382 Total $6,683,064.86 Average $17,494.93
Employer BOCES Suffolk 2nd Sup Dist Recipients 453 Total $6,678,864.51 Average $14,743.63
Employer Town of East Hampton Recipients 237 Total $6,654,771.36 Average $28,079.20
Employer Newburgh City School Dist Recipients 420 Total $6,633,685.27 Average $15,794.49
Employer Greece CSD Recipients 641 Total $6,605,230.74 Average $10,304.57
Employer Half Hollow Hills CSD Recipients 407 Total $6,508,187.76 Average $15,990.63
Employer City of Peekskill Recipients 179 Total $6,416,200.22 Average $35,844.69
Employer Office of Court Admin Normal Recipients 97 Total $6,411,558.45 Average $66,098.54
Employer Great Neck UFSD Recipients 292 Total $6,407,511.73 Average $21,943.53
Employer Connetquot CSD Recipients 361 Total $6,405,645.32 Average $17,744.17
Employer City of Lockport Recipients 281 Total $6,391,684.17 Average $22,746.21
Employer Town of Poughkeepsie Recipients 182 Total $6,310,009.03 Average $34,670.38
Employer Longwood CSD At Middle Island Recipients 308 Total $6,245,827.21 Average $20,278.66
Employer Inst For Basic Res & Ment Ret Recipients 199 Total $6,235,671.83 Average $31,335.03
Employer Kenmore Town-Of Tonawanda UFSD Recipients 488 Total $6,230,901.60 Average $12,768.24
Employer Village of Port Chester Recipients 158 Total $6,225,978.61 Average $39,404.93
Employer SUNY College At New Paltz Recipients 328 Total $6,204,471.43 Average $18,916.07
Employer Town of Hamburg Recipients 198 Total $6,202,808.19 Average $31,327.31
Employer Franklin County Recipients 413 Total $6,193,180.82 Average $14,995.60
Employer Shenendehowa CSD Recipients 540 Total $6,185,892.54 Average $11,455.36
Employer Erie County Water Authority Recipients 206 Total $6,051,025.99 Average $29,373.91
Employer City of Middletown Recipients 191 Total $5,937,735.75 Average $31,087.62
Employer Town of Irondequoit Recipients 221 Total $5,926,299.28 Average $26,815.83
Employer Office For The Aging Recipients 164 Total $5,918,809.35 Average $36,090.30
Employer Town of West Seneca Recipients 193 Total $5,888,023.68 Average $30,507.89
Employer Western NY Childrens Psych Center Recipients 181 Total $5,810,988.11 Average $32,104.91
Employer Upstate Correctional Facility Recipients 178 Total $5,789,897.83 Average $32,527.52
Employer Clarkstown CSD Recipients 371 Total $5,765,930.91 Average $15,541.59
Employer Buffalo Sewer Authority Recipients 214 Total $5,760,541.14 Average $26,918.42
Employer Liverpool CSD Recipients 376 Total $5,717,518.74 Average $15,206.17
Employer Orleans County Recipients 357 Total $5,668,026.33 Average $15,876.82
Employer Town of Riverhead Recipients 162 Total $5,626,872.55 Average $34,733.78
Employer Essex County Recipients 372 Total $5,611,208.86 Average $15,083.89
Employer Buffalo Mun Housing Authority Recipients 251 Total $5,522,719.14 Average $22,002.87
Employer New Rochelle City School Dist Recipients 234 Total $5,507,042.86 Average $23,534.37
Employer SUNY College At Potsdam Recipients 254 Total $5,456,796.55 Average $21,483.45
Employer Town of Eastchester Recipients 169 Total $5,456,367.15 Average $32,286.20
Employer Willard Psych Center Recipients 326 Total $5,421,702.15 Average $16,630.99
Employer Albany City School Dist Recipients 352 Total $5,390,307.07 Average $15,313.37
Employer Haverstraw-Stony Point CSD Recipients 263 Total $5,378,755.41 Average $20,451.54
Employer Levittown UFSD-Abbey Lane Recipients 296 Total $5,329,505.03 Average $18,005.08
Employer Middle Country CSD Recipients 336 Total $5,294,481.89 Average $15,757.39
Employer West Seneca CSD Recipients 404 Total $5,290,817.96 Average $13,096.08
Employer Div Alcoholic Beverage Control Recipients 203 Total $5,275,227.31 Average $25,986.34
Employer Williamsville CSD Recipients 527 Total $5,246,718.07 Average $9,955.82
Employer Third Jud Dep Judges Recipients 87 Total $5,212,940.01 Average $59,918.85
Employer Village of Ossining Recipients 132 Total $5,181,763.12 Average $39,255.78
Employer SUNY College Technology Alfred Recipients 245 Total $5,136,397.28 Average $20,964.89
Employer Rome Dev Center Recipients 354 Total $5,083,453.46 Average $14,360.04
Employer City of Lackawanna Recipients 177 Total $5,064,319.13 Average $28,611.97
Employer Five Points Corr Facility Recipients 160 Total $5,045,616.37 Average $31,535.10
Employer BOCES-Erie 1st Sup District Recipients 307 Total $5,032,295.61 Average $16,391.84
Employer Montgomery County Recipients 367 Total $5,016,749.06 Average $13,669.62
Employer Town of Southold Recipients 154 Total $4,994,184.22 Average $32,429.77
Employer Supreme Ct-Richmond Co Recipients 95 Total $4,987,166.61 Average $52,496.49
Employer Monroe County Water Authority Recipients 146 Total $4,973,827.57 Average $34,067.31
Employer White Plains City School Dist Recipients 253 Total $4,949,283.63 Average $19,562.39
Employer Village of Lynbrook Recipients 135 Total $4,944,638.74 Average $36,626.95
Employer Delaware County Recipients 400 Total $4,943,088.97 Average $12,357.72
Employer Mt Vernon City School Dist Recipients 268 Total $4,896,310.16 Average $18,269.81
Employer Town of Mamaroneck Recipients 139 Total $4,840,558.22 Average $34,824.16
Employer Hale Creek Asactc Recipients 152 Total $4,815,928.51 Average $31,683.74
Employer Nassau Otb Corp. Recipients 180 Total $4,796,077.79 Average $26,644.88
Employer SUNY College Techn Morrisville Recipients 213 Total $4,778,357.85 Average $22,433.60
Employer Town of New Castle Recipients 123 Total $4,769,983.46 Average $38,780.35
Employer Central Islip UFSD Recipients 196 Total $4,763,270.29 Average $24,302.40
Employer Shawangunk Correctional Facili Recipients 166 Total $4,759,902.18 Average $28,674.11
Employer Village of Spring Valley Recipients 119 Total $4,755,554.30 Average $39,962.64
Employer Long Beach City School Dist 28 Recipients 195 Total $4,744,533.01 Average $24,330.94
Employer Tioga County Recipients 299 Total $4,724,346.76 Average $15,800.49
Employer Chenango County Recipients 318 Total $4,723,962.77 Average $14,855.23
Employer North Syracuse CSD Recipients 368 Total $4,718,975.84 Average $12,823.30
Employer Town of Bethlehem Recipients 156 Total $4,717,355.82 Average $30,239.46
Employer Bronx Psych Center Children Recipients 195 Total $4,715,648.08 Average $24,182.81
Employer City of Batavia Recipients 154 Total $4,665,594.38 Average $30,296.07
Employer BOCES-Albany Schenect Schohari Recipients 250 Total $4,653,408.59 Average $18,613.63
Employer Butler Correctional Facility Recipients 145 Total $4,622,277.46 Average $31,877.78
Employer Niagara Falls City School Dist Recipients 295 Total $4,605,488.49 Average $15,611.83
Employer Village of Endicott Recipients 226 Total $4,594,976.87 Average $20,331.76
Employer Harlem Valley Psych Center Recipients 312 Total $4,566,518.77 Average $14,636.28
Employer Syosset CSD Recipients 225 Total $4,563,552.30 Average $20,282.45
Employer Huntington UFSD #3 Recipients 309 Total $4,558,381.21 Average $14,752.04
Employer Edgecombe Corr Facility Recipients 145 Total $4,547,249.56 Average $31,360.34
Employer Nathan Kline Inst Recipients 126 Total $4,543,288.30 Average $36,057.84
Employer Energy Research Dev Authority Recipients 110 Total $4,522,797.27 Average $41,116.34

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