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 Monroe Woodbury CSD Recipients 303 Total $4,500,879.19 Average $14,854.39
Employer Monterey Shock Incarc Corr Fac Recipients 141 Total $4,498,589.87 Average $31,904.89
Employer Schenectady City School Dist Recipients 357 Total $4,457,187.24 Average $12,485.12
Employer Three Village CSD Recipients 262 Total $4,452,988.20 Average $16,996.14
Employer City of Rye Recipients 127 Total $4,449,179.03 Average $35,032.91
Employer Northport East Northport UFSD Recipients 280 Total $4,437,279.30 Average $15,847.43
Employer Lawrence UFSD Recipients 225 Total $4,420,785.38 Average $19,647.94
Employer Town of Massena Recipients 234 Total $4,418,049.00 Average $18,880.55
Employer Suffolk Otb Corp. Recipients 191 Total $4,394,183.03 Average $23,006.19
Employer Town of Brighton Recipients 154 Total $4,383,998.25 Average $28,467.52
Employer NYS Assembly - Members Recipients 101 Total $4,365,131.96 Average $43,219.13
Employer Village of Mamaroneck Recipients 121 Total $4,346,532.61 Average $35,921.76
Employer BOCES-Onondaga Cortland Madiso Recipients 222 Total $4,338,349.50 Average $19,542.11
Employer City of Cortland Recipients 177 Total $4,293,933.92 Average $24,259.51
Employer City of Amsterdam Recipients 182 Total $4,290,617.64 Average $23,574.82
Employer City of Tonawanda Recipients 150 Total $4,288,288.27 Average $28,588.59
Employer SUNY College Techn Cobleskill Recipients 191 Total $4,279,987.26 Average $22,408.31
Employer Town of Cortlandt Recipients 129 Total $4,274,202.45 Average $33,133.35
Employer South Huntington UFSD Recipients 276 Total $4,251,323.22 Average $15,403.35
Employer Division of Human Rights Recipients 158 Total $4,218,292.00 Average $26,698.05
Employer Lakeland CSD of Shrub Oak Recipients 311 Total $4,196,949.08 Average $13,495.01
Employer Dept Health - Veterans Home Recipients 239 Total $4,183,423.60 Average $17,503.86
Employer Senate Special Annual Payroll Recipients 189 Total $4,151,711.05 Average $21,966.73
Employer Town of North Castle Recipients 115 Total $4,148,907.37 Average $36,077.46
Employer City of Fulton Recipients 158 Total $4,142,612.58 Average $26,219.07
Employer Schoharie County Recipients 267 Total $4,120,101.09 Average $15,431.09
Employer Court of Appeals Recipients 98 Total $4,116,889.53 Average $42,009.08
Employer City of Olean Recipients 161 Total $4,097,813.66 Average $25,452.26
Employer Western Regional Otb Corp. Recipients 266 Total $4,094,079.18 Average $15,391.28
Employer Taconic Corr Facility Recipients 154 Total $4,083,843.52 Average $26,518.46
Employer Niagara St Pk And Rec Regn Recipients 178 Total $4,040,051.69 Average $22,696.92
Employer Arlington CSD Recipients 303 Total $4,028,718.51 Average $13,296.10
Employer Town of Bedford Recipients 107 Total $4,025,537.62 Average $37,621.85
Employer Town of Mt Pleasant Recipients 144 Total $4,004,429.67 Average $27,808.54
Employer Town of Rotterdam Recipients 121 Total $3,993,270.51 Average $33,002.24
Employer Saratoga Springs City Sch Dist Recipients 325 Total $3,991,930.64 Average $12,282.86
Employer Bill Drafting Commission Recipients 130 Total $3,987,387.97 Average $30,672.22
Employer Town of Haverstraw Recipients 92 Total $3,985,418.73 Average $43,319.77
Employer Lexington School For The Deaf Recipients 150 Total $3,980,897.09 Average $26,539.31
Employer Appellate Div 4th Dept Recipients 92 Total $3,964,086.04 Average $43,087.89
Employer St Marys School For The Deaf Recipients 146 Total $3,949,608.00 Average $27,052.11
Employer Palisades Interstate Pk Commis Recipients 162 Total $3,946,831.41 Average $24,363.16
Employer Bayview Corr Facility Recipients 144 Total $3,943,310.77 Average $27,384.10
Employer SUNY Construction Fund Recipients 103 Total $3,920,916.50 Average $38,067.15
Employer Ithaca City School Dist Recipients 256 Total $3,898,909.36 Average $15,230.11
Employer SUNY College Environ Sciences Recipients 153 Total $3,890,300.02 Average $25,426.80
Employer Port Washington Police Dist Recipients 70 Total $3,877,963.21 Average $55,399.47
Employer Lincoln Corr Facility Recipients 129 Total $3,854,760.88 Average $29,881.87
Employer SUNY Empire State College Recipients 175 Total $3,839,520.34 Average $21,940.12
Employer Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD Recipients 239 Total $3,838,293.17 Average $16,059.80
Employer Webster CSD Recipients 338 Total $3,833,734.94 Average $11,342.41
Employer City of Oneida Recipients 282 Total $3,801,388.20 Average $13,480.10
Employer Patchogue-Medford UFSD Recipients 268 Total $3,798,091.10 Average $14,171.98
Employer Division of The Lottery Recipients 130 Total $3,791,956.14 Average $29,168.89
Employer BOCES-Westchester Putnam Recipients 211 Total $3,777,862.22 Average $17,904.56
Employer Office of Public Safety Recipients 91 Total $3,774,670.91 Average $41,479.90
Employer Elmira City School Dist Recipients 369 Total $3,759,660.65 Average $10,188.78
Employer Mamaroneck UFSD Recipients 194 Total $3,747,773.11 Average $19,318.42
Employer City of Gloversville Recipients 174 Total $3,729,907.43 Average $21,436.25
Employer Town of Webster Recipients 132 Total $3,725,882.33 Average $28,226.38
Employer SUNY College Technology Delhi Recipients 165 Total $3,705,132.78 Average $22,455.35
Employer Rush-Henrietta CSD Recipients 323 Total $3,703,972.67 Average $11,467.41
Employer Village of Johnson City Recipients 147 Total $3,701,445.01 Average $25,179.90
Employer Bethlehem CSD Recipients 246 Total $3,666,593.40 Average $14,904.85
Employer Appellate Div 3rd Dept Recipients 73 Total $3,664,138.50 Average $50,193.68
Employer Town of Newburgh Recipients 139 Total $3,636,891.90 Average $26,164.69
Employer Riverhead CSD Recipients 224 Total $3,623,625.58 Average $16,176.90
Employer City of Beacon Recipients 106 Total $3,620,411.29 Average $34,154.82
Employer Mahopac CSD Recipients 189 Total $3,611,985.21 Average $19,111.03
Employer Utica City School Dist Recipients 229 Total $3,605,131.04 Average $15,742.93
Employer Farmingdale UFSD Recipients 237 Total $3,601,226.96 Average $15,195.05
Employer Commack UFSD Recipients 208 Total $3,597,220.26 Average $17,294.33
Employer Sewanhaka CSD Recipients 219 Total $3,597,092.82 Average $16,425.08
Employer BOCES-Orange Ulster Sup Dist Recipients 283 Total $3,591,163.67 Average $12,689.62
Employer Kingston City School Dist Recipients 260 Total $3,577,022.51 Average $13,757.78
Employer Fairport CSD Recipients 326 Total $3,557,846.22 Average $10,913.64
Employer Hartsdale Fire Dist Commission Recipients 46 Total $3,550,157.33 Average $77,177.33
Employer William Floyd UFSD Recipients 205 Total $3,538,402.09 Average $17,260.50
Employer North Babylon UFSD Recipients 260 Total $3,507,044.71 Average $13,488.63
Employer NYS Bridge Authority Recipients 118 Total $3,495,529.22 Average $29,623.13
Employer Newark Dev Center Recipients 277 Total $3,493,372.37 Average $12,611.45
Employer Village of Valley Stream Recipients 128 Total $3,490,966.87 Average $27,273.18
Employer Oceanside UFSD Recipients 199 Total $3,489,205.09 Average $17,533.69
Employer East Meadow UFSD Recipients 241 Total $3,488,867.84 Average $14,476.63
Employer Village of Floral Park Recipients 106 Total $3,468,121.62 Average $32,718.13
Employer Bedford CSD Recipients 227 Total $3,460,207.45 Average $15,243.20
Employer Gates-Chili CSD Recipients 299 Total $3,454,980.11 Average $11,555.12
Employer City of Glens Falls Recipients 169 Total $3,448,791.70 Average $20,407.05
Employer City of Cohoes Recipients 148 Total $3,445,520.79 Average $23,280.55
Employer City of Dunkirk Recipients 135 Total $3,444,118.23 Average $25,511.99
Employer Roslyn UFSD Recipients 157 Total $3,394,076.54 Average $21,618.32
Employer City of Geneva Recipients 116 Total $3,371,332.52 Average $29,063.21
Employer Town of Mount Kisco Recipients 86 Total $3,332,090.20 Average $38,745.23
Employer Fulton Corr Facility Recipients 124 Total $3,298,931.92 Average $26,604.29
Employer Pittsford CSD Recipients 343 Total $3,288,012.65 Average $9,586.04
Employer Capital District Otb Corp. Recipients 234 Total $3,273,998.64 Average $13,991.45
Employer Middletown City School Dist Recipients 199 Total $3,259,126.97 Average $16,377.52
Employer Baldwinsville CSD Recipients 255 Total $3,256,019.07 Average $12,768.70
Employer Ninth Judicial District Normal Recipients 59 Total $3,250,071.58 Average $55,085.96
Employer Corning Painted Pst Enl Cty Sd Recipients 238 Total $3,245,390.49 Average $13,636.09

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