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 West Babylon UFSD Recipients 215 Total $3,226,819.93 Average $15,008.46
Employer Oswego City School Dist Recipients 228 Total $3,212,975.30 Average $14,092.00
Employer Village of Tarrytown Recipients 88 Total $3,211,452.44 Average $36,493.78
Employer Housing Finance Agcy Recipients 87 Total $3,202,228.26 Average $36,807.22
Employer BOCES-Monroe Orlean Sup Dist Recipients 298 Total $3,198,307.60 Average $10,732.58
Employer Court of Claims Recipients 92 Total $3,157,770.41 Average $34,323.59
Employer NY School For The Deaf Recipients 116 Total $3,157,724.12 Average $27,221.76
Employer Division of Veterans' Affairs Recipients 131 Total $3,153,393.08 Average $24,071.70
Employer New York City Childrens Center Recipients 86 Total $3,149,786.82 Average $36,625.43
Employer East Greenbush CSD Recipients 228 Total $3,136,438.17 Average $13,756.31
Employer North Colonie CSD Recipients 219 Total $3,135,355.75 Average $14,316.69
Employer Chateaugay Correction Facility Recipients 93 Total $3,132,441.00 Average $33,682.16
Employer South Colonie CSD Recipients 273 Total $3,121,563.93 Average $11,434.30
Employer SUNY College At Old Westbury Recipients 164 Total $3,117,888.56 Average $19,011.52
Employer Greater So Tier BOCES Recipients 181 Total $3,110,736.19 Average $17,186.39
Employer SUNY College Technology Canton Recipients 132 Total $3,108,951.49 Average $23,552.66
Employer SUNY College At Purchase Recipients 174 Total $3,088,260.02 Average $17,748.62
Employer Moriah Shock Incarce Corr Fac Recipients 95 Total $3,078,555.07 Average $32,405.84
Employer Summit Shock Incarc Corr Fac Recipients 103 Total $3,049,111.56 Average $29,603.02
Employer Carmel CSD Recipients 207 Total $3,045,539.46 Average $14,712.75
Employer Hempstead UFSD Recipients 174 Total $3,044,322.23 Average $17,496.10
Employer W Hempstead Sanitation Dist #6 Recipients 89 Total $3,038,699.67 Average $34,142.69
Employer Lancaster CSD Recipients 253 Total $3,036,025.92 Average $12,000.10
Employer Seneca County Recipients 201 Total $3,015,388.85 Average $15,001.93
Employer Mohawk Valley Child Youth Serv Recipients 109 Total $3,013,994.26 Average $27,651.32
Employer Town of Lancaster Recipients 97 Total $3,005,533.26 Average $30,984.88
Employer Finger Lakes St Pk And Rec Reg Recipients 111 Total $2,995,779.44 Average $26,989.00
Employer Town of Carmel Recipients 97 Total $2,993,404.89 Average $30,859.84
Employer Village of Larchmont Recipients 83 Total $2,983,083.95 Average $35,940.77
Employer Village of Old Westbury Recipients 48 Total $2,974,835.98 Average $61,975.75
Employer BOCES Erie Chautauqua Cattarau Recipients 236 Total $2,966,409.03 Average $12,569.53
Employer Scarsdale UFSD Recipients 161 Total $2,965,100.67 Average $18,416.77
Employer Town of Stony Point Recipients 73 Total $2,963,842.99 Average $40,600.59
Employer Ramapo CSD Recipients 141 Total $2,957,679.75 Average $20,976.45
Employer City of Ogdensburg Recipients 129 Total $2,949,714.66 Average $22,866.01
Employer E Syracuse-Minoa CSD Recipients 203 Total $2,942,982.80 Average $14,497.45
Employer Sweet Home CSD Amrst&Tonawanda Recipients 207 Total $2,926,480.06 Average $14,137.58
Employer Bay Shore UFSD Recipients 200 Total $2,926,236.14 Average $14,631.18
Employer 10th Dist. Suffolk Co Judges Recipients 38 Total $2,918,859.94 Average $76,812.10
Employer Craig Developmental Center Recipients 219 Total $2,912,456.15 Average $13,298.89
Employer Brockport CSD Recipients 276 Total $2,911,672.29 Average $10,549.54
Employer Massapequa UFSD Recipients 212 Total $2,900,322.18 Average $13,680.77
Employer Hilton CSD Recipients 184 Total $2,872,702.54 Average $15,612.51
Employer Saratoga Cap Dis St Pk Rec Reg Recipients 125 Total $2,872,086.94 Average $22,976.70
Employer Guilderland CSD Recipients 213 Total $2,870,624.97 Average $13,477.11
Employer Racing And Wagering Bd Recipients 132 Total $2,850,677.39 Average $21,596.04
Employer Fairview Fire District Recipients 51 Total $2,841,245.31 Average $55,710.69
Employer Frontier CSD Recipients 272 Total $2,832,849.51 Average $10,414.89
Employer Port Washington UFSD Recipients 177 Total $2,825,858.13 Average $15,965.30
Employer Town of Guilderland Recipients 116 Total $2,817,623.68 Average $24,289.86
Employer East Islip UFSD Recipients 200 Total $2,813,113.71 Average $14,065.57
Employer Comm Quality Care And Advocacy Recipients 75 Total $2,801,147.08 Average $37,348.63
Employer Bellmore-Merrick CSD Recipients 192 Total $2,789,221.63 Average $14,527.20
Employer Gowanda Psych Center Recipients 180 Total $2,788,230.21 Average $15,490.17
Employer Town of Vestal Recipients 138 Total $2,779,848.62 Average $20,143.83
Employer Village of Amityville Recipients 64 Total $2,773,587.52 Average $43,337.31
Employer Olympic Reg Dev Authority Recipients 157 Total $2,770,487.52 Average $17,646.42
Employer City of Oneonta Recipients 134 Total $2,765,216.82 Average $20,635.95
Employer Freeport UFSD Recipients 176 Total $2,757,953.54 Average $15,670.19
Employer Hicksville UFSD Recipients 180 Total $2,746,885.71 Average $15,260.48
Employer Kings Park CSD Recipients 167 Total $2,737,001.58 Average $16,389.23
Employer Village of Pelham Manor Recipients 70 Total $2,725,303.38 Average $38,932.91
Employer Hewlett-Woodmere UFSD Recipients 139 Total $2,716,686.38 Average $19,544.51
Employer Niskayuna CSD Recipients 227 Total $2,707,674.26 Average $11,928.08
Employer Orchard Park CSD Recipients 202 Total $2,706,422.70 Average $13,398.13
Employer Ossining UFSD Recipients 135 Total $2,699,607.28 Average $19,997.09
Employer Katonah-Lewisboro UFSD Recipients 179 Total $2,698,617.10 Average $15,076.07
Employer Village of Suffern Recipients 63 Total $2,687,356.72 Average $42,656.46
Employer City of Corning Recipients 108 Total $2,685,043.90 Average $24,861.52
Employer Mineola UFSD Recipients 156 Total $2,684,271.14 Average $17,206.87
Employer Rochester School For Deaf Recipients 94 Total $2,682,985.08 Average $28,542.39
Employer Baldwin UFSD Recipients 173 Total $2,679,288.12 Average $15,487.21
Employer Town of Orchard Park Recipients 93 Total $2,676,741.26 Average $28,782.16
Employer Executive Chamber Recipients 93 Total $2,669,601.07 Average $28,705.39
Employer Harrison CSD Recipients 133 Total $2,655,107.44 Average $19,963.21
Employer Hendrick Hudson CSD-Cortlandt Recipients 143 Total $2,637,134.40 Average $18,441.50
Employer BOCES Wash'Sar'War'Ham'Essex Recipients 157 Total $2,634,660.96 Average $16,781.28
Employer Whitesboro CSD Recipients 168 Total $2,623,454.05 Average $15,615.80
Employer Yates County Recipients 152 Total $2,623,066.68 Average $17,257.02
Employer Village of Southampton Recipients 65 Total $2,619,618.78 Average $40,301.83
Employer Lyon Mountain Corr Facility Recipients 91 Total $2,617,787.96 Average $28,766.90
Employer Village of Bronxville Recipients 67 Total $2,597,587.56 Average $38,769.96
Employer Village of Malverne Recipients 60 Total $2,591,869.33 Average $43,197.82
Employer Binghamton City School Dist Recipients 228 Total $2,588,749.75 Average $11,354.17
Employer Union-Endicott CSD Recipients 254 Total $2,573,255.59 Average $10,130.93
Employer Village of Old Brookville Recipients 41 Total $2,565,011.97 Average $62,561.27
Employer Niagara Falls Pub Water Auth Recipients 89 Total $2,557,371.11 Average $28,734.51
Employer Town of Gates Recipients 107 Total $2,557,322.05 Average $23,900.21
Employer Rockville Centre UFSD Recipients 127 Total $2,549,937.22 Average $20,078.25
Employer Garden City UFSD Recipients 159 Total $2,538,919.75 Average $15,968.05
Employer Rome City School Dist Recipients 217 Total $2,538,243.19 Average $11,696.97
Employer Westbury UFSD Recipients 146 Total $2,532,214.04 Average $17,343.93
Employer Central NY St Pk And Rec Regn Recipients 108 Total $2,529,207.21 Average $23,418.59
Employer St Francis School For Deaf Recipients 84 Total $2,519,759.42 Average $29,997.14
Employer City of Watervliet Recipients 80 Total $2,502,603.93 Average $31,282.55
Employer Village of Croton-On-Hudson Recipients 59 Total $2,486,894.53 Average $42,150.75
Employer City of Canandaigua Recipients 93 Total $2,484,041.84 Average $26,710.13
Employer Eastchester Fire Dist Recipients 50 Total $2,476,932.45 Average $49,538.65
Employer J N Adam Dev Center Recipients 155 Total $2,476,650.54 Average $15,978.39
Employer Waterfront Commis of NY Harbor Recipients 87 Total $2,473,603.11 Average $28,432.22

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