ALBANY — Nearly 24,200 state employees earned more than $100,000 in 2011, down about 2.6 percent compared with 2010, state records show.
But employees earning more than $200,000 grew from 622 employees in 2010 to 701 employees last year, an increase of nearly 13 percent, according to records from the state Comptroller’s Office.
It was the first time since 2004 that the number of people earning more than $100,000 in state government fell. The number had quadrupled between 2000 and 2010, from 5,800 to 24,807.
The data was compiled by workplace, title and salary, so it’s not possible to pinpoint all Monroe County residents who are on the list. It is possible to look at specific workplaces. SUNY Geneseo, for example, has 40 employees on the list, led by school president Christopher Dahl — who made $214,138 in 2011, according to the data.
The top earners represented about 13 percent of the state’s 186,000-member workforce — which includes the state university system.
Alain Kaloyeros, vice president and chief administrative officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany, ranked first at $792,582, up 3.8 percent from 2010. He ranked third in 2010.
Employees at the Downstate Medical Center, a public medical school in Brooklyn, dominated the list of top earners. Fifty-five of the 74 employees earning more than $350,000 came from the center.
Unions have said that the top-earners list gives a skewed view of the state workforce. About 94 percent of the state workforce is unionized, and the average salary is $68,380, according to state budget documents.
Josh Vlasto, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said most of the top earners are outside of the governor’s control, such as SUNY employees.
Among agencies, State Police had the most employees who made more than $100,000 last year: 3,723 employees, or 15 percent of the top earners. The State University at Stony Brook on Long Island was second with 1,081 employees earning more than $100,000.
Some state judges saw a boost in their base pay due to an expiring union contract. [Judges are unionized??? WTF??]
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