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 Horseheads CSD Recipients 220 Total $2,472,967.33 Average $11,240.76
Employer Herricks UFSD Recipients 164 Total $2,462,370.39 Average $15,014.45
Employer Deer Park UFSD Recipients 163 Total $2,461,631.18 Average $15,102.03
Employer Town of Penfield Recipients 100 Total $2,461,439.53 Average $24,614.40
Employer Office of Employee Relations Recipients 67 Total $2,452,338.24 Average $36,602.06
Employer Evans - Brant CSD Recipients 161 Total $2,443,998.40 Average $15,180.11
Employer BOCES-Rockland Recipients 148 Total $2,441,307.82 Average $16,495.32
Employer NY Institute Special Education Recipients 116 Total $2,441,027.95 Average $21,043.34
Employer BOCES-Broome Delaware Tioga Recipients 226 Total $2,438,152.58 Average $10,788.29
Employer Village of Kenmore Recipients 79 Total $2,418,579.73 Average $30,614.93
Employer Labor Management Committee Recipients 68 Total $2,414,961.46 Average $35,514.14
Employer Syracuse Housing Authority Recipients 134 Total $2,413,592.37 Average $18,011.88
Employer Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD Recipients 194 Total $2,405,962.09 Average $12,401.87
Employer Washingtonville CSD Recipients 177 Total $2,397,141.41 Average $13,543.17
Employer Churchville-Chili CSD Recipients 198 Total $2,396,898.97 Average $12,105.55
Employer Uniondale UFSD Recipients 141 Total $2,391,195.01 Average $16,958.83
Employer Village of Pleasantville Recipients 67 Total $2,385,458.48 Average $35,603.86
Employer Thousand Isl St Pk And Rec Reg Recipients 94 Total $2,380,739.69 Average $25,327.02
Employer Brewster CSD Recipients 186 Total $2,378,068.86 Average $12,785.32
Employer Chappaqua CSD Recipients 137 Total $2,373,271.98 Average $17,323.15
Employer Fayetteville-Manlius CSD Recipients 200 Total $2,368,943.47 Average $11,844.72
Employer Troy City School Dist Recipients 144 Total $2,359,954.65 Average $16,388.57
Employer Jamestown City School Dist Recipients 256 Total $2,359,737.35 Average $9,217.72
Employer Copiague UFSD Recipients 147 Total $2,353,660.55 Average $16,011.30
Employer Town of De Witt Recipients 93 Total $2,339,548.93 Average $25,156.44
Employer Lindenhurst UFSD Recipients 155 Total $2,335,370.55 Average $15,066.91
Employer Taconic St Pk And Rec Regn Recipients 99 Total $2,331,514.46 Average $23,550.65
Employer Allegany St Pk And Rec Regn Recipients 91 Total $2,331,227.08 Average $25,617.88
Employer West Islip UFSD Recipients 167 Total $2,326,528.50 Average $13,931.31
Employer Schuyler County Recipients 157 Total $2,297,321.79 Average $14,632.62
Employer Hyde Park CSD Recipients 193 Total $2,291,389.68 Average $11,872.49
Employer Village of Pelham Recipients 63 Total $2,290,573.61 Average $36,358.31
Employer Camp Georgetown Corr Facility Recipients 81 Total $2,288,318.75 Average $28,250.85
Employer Jericho UFSD Recipients 114 Total $2,270,022.23 Average $19,912.48
Employer SUNY Inst Technology At Utica Recipients 94 Total $2,268,670.79 Average $24,134.80
Employer Penfield CSD Recipients 220 Total $2,249,442.30 Average $10,224.74
Employer NYS Gaming Commission Recipients 73 Total $2,245,391.91 Average $30,758.79
Employer City of Hornell Recipients 91 Total $2,209,008.98 Average $24,274.82
Employer Clarence CSD Recipients 201 Total $2,201,611.76 Average $10,953.29
Employer Niagara-Wheatfield CSD Recipients 188 Total $2,195,849.56 Average $11,680.05
Employer Plainedge UFSD Recipients 151 Total $2,192,352.44 Average $14,518.89
Employer Village of Lake Success Recipients 41 Total $2,163,083.66 Average $52,758.14
Employer Town of Niskayuna Recipients 92 Total $2,160,960.41 Average $23,488.70
Employer Hauppauge UFSD Recipients 123 Total $2,158,254.33 Average $17,546.78
Employer Village of Massena Recipients 86 Total $2,151,001.68 Average $25,011.65
Employer Warwick Valley CSD Recipients 189 Total $2,132,018.18 Average $11,280.52
Employer Sayville UFSD Recipients 130 Total $2,130,081.00 Average $16,385.24
Employer Camp Gabriels Corr Facility Recipients 84 Total $2,128,191.73 Average $25,335.62
Employer Valley Stream Chsd Recipients 110 Total $2,127,001.02 Average $19,336.37
Employer Village of Sleepy Hollow Recipients 60 Total $2,126,323.04 Average $35,438.72
Employer Auburn City School Dist Recipients 177 Total $2,118,781.82 Average $11,970.52
Employer Village of Fairport Recipients 68 Total $2,111,676.39 Average $31,054.06
Employer South Country CSD - Brookhaven Recipients 141 Total $2,109,189.55 Average $14,958.79
Employer Assembly: Annual Legislative Recipients 86 Total $2,095,052.29 Average $24,361.07
Employer Mill Neck Manor Schl For Deaf Recipients 68 Total $2,094,665.16 Average $30,803.90
Employer Village of Dobbs Ferry Recipients 54 Total $2,090,348.50 Average $38,710.16
Employer Town of New Windsor Recipients 82 Total $2,087,011.58 Average $25,451.36
Employer Spencerport CSD Recipients 228 Total $2,085,390.94 Average $9,146.45
Employer Village of Depew Recipients 80 Total $2,085,042.18 Average $26,063.03
Employer Albany Housing Authority Recipients 78 Total $2,076,433.80 Average $26,620.95
Employer Manhasset UFSD Recipients 108 Total $2,075,303.64 Average $19,215.77
Employer Corning Community College Recipients 98 Total $2,072,728.40 Average $21,150.29
Employer Central Square CSD Recipients 171 Total $2,060,683.89 Average $12,050.78
Employer Camp Beacon Corr Facility Recipients 83 Total $2,059,531.81 Average $24,813.64
Employer Greenburgh CSD Recipients 112 Total $2,057,090.86 Average $18,366.88
Employer 10th Dist. Nassau Co Judges Recipients 35 Total $2,055,688.16 Average $58,733.95
Employer Minisink Valley CSD Recipients 146 Total $2,044,993.46 Average $14,006.80
Employer Town of Glenville Recipients 75 Total $2,044,580.20 Average $27,261.07
Employer Town of Grand Island Recipients 86 Total $2,029,887.29 Average $23,603.34
Employer Environmental Facilities Corp. Recipients 61 Total $2,026,180.26 Average $33,216.07
Employer Long Island Power Authority Recipients 46 Total $2,009,962.67 Average $43,694.84
Employer Village of Hastings-On-Hudson Recipients 54 Total $2,004,721.33 Average $37,124.47
Employer BOCES-Wayne Finger Lakes Recipients 148 Total $1,998,797.34 Average $13,505.39
Employer St Lawrence Childrens Services Recipients 70 Total $1,995,073.04 Average $28,501.04
Employer BOCES-Ulster Recipients 123 Total $1,987,120.12 Average $16,155.45
Employer Yonkers Mun Housing Authority Recipients 82 Total $1,966,265.27 Average $23,978.84
Employer Town of Manlius Recipients 83 Total $1,961,704.71 Average $23,635.00
Employer Averill Park CSD Recipients 183 Total $1,961,367.83 Average $10,717.86
Employer NYS Veterans Home At St Albans Recipients 124 Total $1,959,268.75 Average $15,800.55
Employer BOCES Madison Oneida Recipients 142 Total $1,957,905.63 Average $13,788.07
Employer N Tonawanda City School Dist Recipients 180 Total $1,952,742.73 Average $10,848.57
Employer Arlington Fire District Recipients 36 Total $1,952,010.11 Average $54,222.50
Employer Town of Pittsford Recipients 89 Total $1,950,902.37 Average $21,920.25
Employer Town of Warwick Recipients 68 Total $1,949,649.39 Average $28,671.31
Employer Rochester Housing Authority Recipients 109 Total $1,939,540.83 Average $17,793.95
Employer West Genesee CSD Recipients 198 Total $1,937,421.33 Average $9,784.96
Employer Onondaga County Water Authority Recipients 71 Total $1,936,407.23 Average $27,273.34
Employer Town of Wallkill Recipients 79 Total $1,935,526.08 Average $24,500.33
Employer NYC Convention Center Opcorp Recipients 130 Total $1,930,399.39 Average $14,849.23
Employer Ballston Spa CSD Recipients 145 Total $1,923,491.47 Average $13,265.46
Employer Pub Employment Relations Bd Recipients 47 Total $1,919,769.67 Average $40,846.16
Employer Village of Briarcliff Manor Recipients 57 Total $1,910,695.30 Average $33,520.97
Employer Village of Sands Point Recipients 30 Total $1,900,381.12 Average $63,346.04
Employer Camp Pharsalia Corr Facility Recipients 72 Total $1,898,552.27 Average $26,368.78
Employer Brooklyn Childrens Psych Center Recipients 73 Total $1,896,567.17 Average $25,980.37
Employer City of Johnstown Recipients 87 Total $1,891,315.59 Average $21,739.26
Employer St Joseph'S School For Deaf Recipients 76 Total $1,888,555.03 Average $24,849.41
Employer North Shore CSD Recipients 117 Total $1,881,613.96 Average $16,082.17
Employer Elmira Childrens Services Recipients 72 Total $1,877,764.18 Average $26,080.06
Employer Village of Monticello Recipients 71 Total $1,874,438.34 Average $26,400.54

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