In 2014, the 15 towns and cities on Long Island employed 20,339 full-time, part-time or seasonal workers. Here are the details on who they were and what they were paid. The difference between base pay and total pay can be accounted for by many factors besides overtime, including shift differential, or payouts for unused vacation or sick time. Retiring workers may have received substantial payouts. Not all municipalities reported retirement or termination dates for all employees. Some towns could not provide a base pay for hourly workers. In some of those cases, an hourly pay rate is listed instead.
In some cases, a worker’s total pay may be less than the base pay because the worker did not work the whole year, taking an unpaid leave, for example. Some municipalities had names repeated. Unless the worker had the same exact title in the same department, those repetitions are listed here.
While reviewing data with town officials, questions arose about Hempstead Town data published last year. The town concluded that it had calculated its 2013 payroll incorrectly and submitted a new version. That has been added to this database. Payroll information was gathered under the state’s Freedom of Information Law by reporters John Asbury, Valerie Bauman, Matt Clark, Sophia Chang, Scott Eidler, Lauren Harrison, Will James, Carl MacGowan, Ted Phillips, Mackenzie Rigg and Nicholas Spangler.
Click through the charts below for a town-to-town comparison. You can also select the full list for any municipality, and you can re-sort any list by clicking on column headings.