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 Ellenville CSD Recipients 69 Total $1,139,772.72 Average $16,518.45
Employer Holland Patent CSD Recipients 80 Total $1,138,487.28 Average $14,231.09
Employer Salmon River CSD Recipients 108 Total $1,136,760.45 Average $10,525.56
Employer Marlboro CSD Recipients 87 Total $1,130,300.17 Average $12,991.96
Employer Yorkshire Pioneer CSD Recipients 108 Total $1,128,876.18 Average $10,452.56
Employer Capital Dist Trans Authority Recipients 45 Total $1,126,006.19 Average $25,022.36
Employer BOCES-Oswego Recipients 106 Total $1,125,351.27 Average $10,616.52
Employer Levittown Public Library Recipients 44 Total $1,123,310.39 Average $25,529.78
Employer Village of Haverstraw Recipients 37 Total $1,120,785.11 Average $30,291.49
Employer Olean City School Dist Recipients 104 Total $1,120,689.95 Average $10,775.86
Employer City of Salamanca Recipients 52 Total $1,120,166.38 Average $21,541.66
Employer BOCES-Del Chenang Madis Otsego Recipients 100 Total $1,119,680.18 Average $11,196.80
Employer South Jefferson CSD Recipients 92 Total $1,119,526.70 Average $12,168.77
Employer Oceanside Sanitary District #7 Recipients 34 Total $1,119,110.97 Average $32,915.03
Employer Phelps Clifton Springs CSD Recipients 88 Total $1,115,508.48 Average $12,676.23
Employer Village of Lawrence Recipients 36 Total $1,115,011.54 Average $30,972.54
Employer Village of Sag Harbor Recipients 31 Total $1,114,330.80 Average $35,946.15
Employer Great Neck Park District Recipients 29 Total $1,105,642.84 Average $38,125.62
Employer BOCES-Jeff'Son Lewis Hamilton Recipients 103 Total $1,103,099.71 Average $10,709.71
Employer Dunkirk City-School Dist Recipients 86 Total $1,101,967.48 Average $12,813.58
Employer Office NYS Inspector General Recipients 33 Total $1,099,708.86 Average $33,324.51
Employer Village of Newark Recipients 52 Total $1,094,599.12 Average $21,049.98
Employer Ogdensburg City School Dist Recipients 70 Total $1,093,521.29 Average $15,621.73
Employer Highland CSD Recipients 91 Total $1,091,685.88 Average $11,996.55
Employer Office of Technology-Inst Recipients 26 Total $1,088,529.10 Average $41,866.50
Employer Saugerties CSD Recipients 89 Total $1,082,922.45 Average $12,167.67
Employer Village of Elmsford Recipients 26 Total $1,082,534.88 Average $41,635.96
Employer Village of Monroe Recipients 39 Total $1,077,305.53 Average $27,623.22
Employer Wallkill CSD Recipients 86 Total $1,075,913.34 Average $12,510.62
Employer Cobleskill Richmondville CSD Recipients 90 Total $1,075,903.34 Average $11,954.48
Employer BOCES-Oneida Herkimer Madison Recipients 100 Total $1,074,714.97 Average $10,747.15
Employer Town of Chili Recipients 58 Total $1,071,564.80 Average $18,475.26
Employer Village of Buchanan Recipients 23 Total $1,070,560.63 Average $46,546.11
Employer Port Jefferson UFSD Recipients 54 Total $1,066,828.08 Average $19,756.08
Employer Town of Clifton Park Recipients 67 Total $1,062,041.70 Average $15,851.37
Employer Copake-Taconic Hills CSD Recipients 103 Total $1,060,529.28 Average $10,296.40
Employer Adirondack CSD Recipients 85 Total $1,056,913.71 Average $12,434.28
Employer Indian River CSD Recipients 100 Total $1,056,840.18 Average $10,568.40
Employer Livonia CSD Recipients 84 Total $1,050,374.06 Average $12,504.45
Employer Briarcliff Manor UFSD Recipients 66 Total $1,047,159.06 Average $15,866.05
Employer New Paltz CSD Recipients 106 Total $1,046,191.42 Average $9,869.73
Employer Cheektowaga CSD Recipients 85 Total $1,045,314.17 Average $12,297.81
Employer Beekmantown CSD Recipients 91 Total $1,045,063.02 Average $11,484.21
Employer Town of Salina Recipients 56 Total $1,044,458.78 Average $18,651.05
Employer NYS Corr Serv,NYC Central Adm Recipients 44 Total $1,043,814.79 Average $23,723.06
Employer Irvington UFSD Recipients 57 Total $1,042,653.55 Average $18,292.17
Employer Upper Mohawk Valley Water Bd Recipients 50 Total $1,042,078.08 Average $20,841.56
Employer BOCES-Clint Essx Warr Wash'Ton Recipients 78 Total $1,041,320.03 Average $13,350.26
Employer Northeastern Clinton CSD Recipients 74 Total $1,037,021.45 Average $14,013.80
Employer Village of Malone Recipients 44 Total $1,037,010.37 Average $23,568.42
Employer Commission of Correction Recipients 33 Total $1,031,652.02 Average $31,262.18
Employer Brunswick CSD Recipients 88 Total $1,030,054.93 Average $11,705.17
Employer Village of Seneca Falls Recipients 43 Total $1,029,066.43 Average $23,931.78
Employer Ridge Road Fire District Recipients 28 Total $1,028,337.04 Average $36,726.32
Employer Veterans Home At Montrose Recipients 69 Total $1,024,280.13 Average $14,844.64
Employer Plattsburgh City School Dist Recipients 78 Total $1,021,710.79 Average $13,098.86
Employer Putnam Valley CSD Recipients 64 Total $1,018,978.35 Average $15,921.54
Employer Brentwood Public Library Recipients 44 Total $1,010,054.32 Average $22,955.78
Employer Town of Chester Recipients 51 Total $1,008,375.41 Average $19,772.07
Employer Div Substance Abuse Services Recipients 65 Total $1,002,495.49 Average $15,423.01
Employer Mastics Moriches Shirley Libr Recipients 34 Total $1,002,004.27 Average $29,470.71
Employer Westhampton Beach UFSD Recipients 58 Total $1,001,327.46 Average $17,264.27
Employer Town of New Paltz Recipients 53 Total $994,333.67 Average $18,761.01
Employer Schenectady Housing Authority Recipients 52 Total $991,100.43 Average $19,059.62
Employer Salamanca City School Dist Recipients 82 Total $988,570.18 Average $12,055.73
Employer Walton CSD Recipients 81 Total $988,250.15 Average $12,200.62
Employer Canton CSD Recipients 79 Total $985,525.84 Average $12,475.01
Employer Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD Recipients 50 Total $983,247.98 Average $19,664.96
Employer Ardsley UFSD Recipients 58 Total $981,004.09 Average $16,913.86
Employer Sodus CSD Recipients 79 Total $980,474.14 Average $12,411.07
Employer Port Washington Library Recipients 36 Total $976,556.09 Average $27,126.56
Employer Town of Geddes Recipients 52 Total $970,212.23 Average $18,657.93
Employer Town of Putnam Valley Recipients 56 Total $969,882.38 Average $17,319.33
Employer Hewlett Woodmere Pub Library Recipients 32 Total $964,128.88 Average $30,129.03
Employer Saranac CSD Recipients 90 Total $959,823.25 Average $10,664.70
Employer Pelham UFSD Recipients 49 Total $958,375.14 Average $19,558.68
Employer North Salem CSD Recipients 63 Total $956,534.78 Average $15,183.09
Employer Town of Blooming Grove Recipients 43 Total $956,390.54 Average $22,241.64
Employer Village of Solvay Recipients 58 Total $949,796.98 Average $16,375.81
Employer Buffalo Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 47 Total $946,861.88 Average $20,146.00
Employer South Beach Childrens Serv Recipients 41 Total $945,187.55 Average $23,053.35
Employer Ausable Valley CSD Recipients 78 Total $944,660.31 Average $12,111.03
Employer Westchester Development Disab Recipients 86 Total $941,088.78 Average $10,942.89
Employer BOCES-Ham'Tn Fulton Montgomery Recipients 84 Total $939,413.05 Average $11,183.49
Employer Potsdam CSD Recipients 73 Total $937,295.64 Average $12,839.67
Employer Dansville CSD Recipients 93 Total $937,055.89 Average $10,075.87
Employer Village of Baldwinsville Recipients 45 Total $936,857.64 Average $20,819.06
Employer Windsor CSD Recipients 97 Total $934,726.88 Average $9,636.36
Employer Alden CSD Recipients 96 Total $934,551.17 Average $9,734.91
Employer Beacon City School Dist Recipients 72 Total $933,379.09 Average $12,963.60
Employer Hastings-On-Hudson UFSD Recipients 61 Total $929,378.45 Average $15,235.71
Employer Voorheesville CSD Recipients 79 Total $928,752.31 Average $11,756.36
Employer East Aurora UFSD Recipients 74 Total $922,104.02 Average $12,460.87
Employer Town of Schodack Recipients 43 Total $916,226.85 Average $21,307.60
Employer Westhill CSD Recipients 73 Total $913,272.23 Average $12,510.58
Employer Village of Lancaster Recipients 32 Total $912,394.44 Average $28,512.33
Employer Camden CSD Recipients 107 Total $911,835.63 Average $8,521.83
Employer City of Little Falls Recipients 45 Total $911,569.43 Average $20,257.10
Employer Croton Harmon UFSD Recipients 60 Total $910,887.04 Average $15,181.45
Employer NYS School Bd Association Recipients 39 Total $908,813.47 Average $23,302.91

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