New York state government salary

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This page describes the compensation, salaries and benefits that New York's public employees receive from state and local government.

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, the base salary for state lawmakers was $1,528.84 per week, which equals $79,500 per year.[1] Legislators do not receive a per diem.[1] The Speaker of the Assembly earned an extra $41,500 per year. Approximately half of the state’s legislators hold outside jobs, but state ethics rules do not require lawmakers to specify outside income. When lawmakers failed to pass a state budget for FY 2011 by the deadline of April 1, 2010, they were not pay pursuant to state law; the governor, however, was not affected by that law.[2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[3]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $179,000 Andrew Cuomo
Lieutenant Governor $151,500 Robert Duffy
Secretary of State $120,800 Cesar Perales
Attorney General $151,500 Eric Schneiderman
Comptroller $127,000 Thomas P. DiNapoli

As of 2008, the salary of New York's governor ranked 2nd among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors was $128,735. The median salary earned by U.S. governors was $129,962.[4]

Upon taking office on January 1, 2011, Cuomo said that he would cut his pay and that of the lieutenant governor, the governor's secretary, counsel, director of state operations, counselor and chief of staff by 5%.[5]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
New York judicial salaries[6]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $156,000 Jonathan Lippman
Associate Justice $151,200 Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick
Associate Justice $151,200 Victoria Graffeo
Associate Justice $151,200 Robert Smith
Associate Justice $151,200 Vacant
Associate Justice $151,200 Susan Read
Associate Justice $151,200 Eugene Pigott

As of 2010, the salary of New York's chief justice ranked 22nd among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $151,284.[6]

State and local employees

Gov. Cuomo said contracts for 96% of the state workforce were up for renegotiation on April 1, 2011, the first day of FY 2012, and said that he planned to maintain a salary freeze.[5]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of New York and local governments in the state employed a total of 1,410,211 people.[7] Of those employees, 1,135,813 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $5,564,155,250 per month and 274,398 were part-time employees paid $330,929,502 per month.[7] More than 47% of those employees, or 675,927 employees, were in education or higher education.[7]

A 2010 article in The New York Times said that 131,000 public employees worked under the governor of the state, with 163,000 more workers employed by independent public authorities and agencies.[8] Those working under the governor had seen around 25 percent of the staff laid off in the past 20 years.[8] Meanwhile, departments not under the governor had seen increased growth. The State University of New York had grown by 14 percent, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority by about 5 percent, and the state judiciary had increased by 31.6 percent over the same period.[8]

A 2010 report revealed that 19 of the top 20 highest-paid public salaries in the state were for police and firefighters, who were earning more than $200,000 annually.[9]

"$100,000 Club"

Nearly 24,200 state employees earned more than $100,000 in 2011, down about 2.6 percent compared with 2010, state records show. 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.[10]

The top earners represented about 13 percent of the state’s 186,000-member workforce, which includes the state university system.[11]

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[12]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$41,079 $69,118

In 2011, the mayor of New York City proposed eliminating 6,000 teacher positions.[13] The administration had dedicated $2 billion to cover losses in state and federal funding. Despite the plan to eliminate the positions, it would have had no effect on the then-current school budget.

According to the New York State Education Department, the median elementary and secondary school classroom teacher salary in the 2008-2009 school year was $65,236, $2,904 more than a year prior. Compared to the 2000-2001 school year, teachers had a median salary of $14,216 less than in 2008-2009.[14]

School year Median salary
2008-2009 $65,236
2007-2008 $62,332
2006-2007 $59,557
2005-2006 $55,942
2004-2005 $55,665
2003-2004 $55,181
2002-2003 $53,017
2001-2002 $51,020
2000-2001 $51,020

State employee benefits


New York state employees receive the following holidays as days off with pay:[15]

  • New Year's Day
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


Employees are credited with 6 1/2 days vacation upon completion of the required 13 biweekly pay periods. Thereafter, during their second through seventh years they earn vacation credits at the rate of 1/2 day per biweekly pay period. Employees who have completed seven years of creditable state service earn vacation at the rate of 20 days for each 26 biweekly pay periods (one year). Upon completion of each full year of continuous service, employees can earn vacation "bonus days" based on time in service.[16]

Sick leave

Full-time employees and those part-time employees working a fixed number of hours five days per week are eligible to earn sick leave.[17] Full-time employees are credited with sick leave at the rate of 1/2 day for each pay period in which he/she is in full pay status for seven of ten working days, earning up to 13 sick days per year.[17]

Employees may not accumulate sick leave credits in excess of 150 days. After reaching this maximum, employees can earn credits only after the balance has been reduced to fewer than 150 days. Sick leave credits which employees would have earned beyond this maximum cannot be credited to them.[17]

Personal leave

Employees are credited with five days personal leave each year on their anniversary date.[18]


Employees may enroll in the New York State Health Insurance Program. Employees may choose between the Empire Plan and an HMO. Dental and vision insurance may be added by the employee, as well.[19]


See also: New York public pensions

State employees are members of the Employees' Retirement System (ERS). Employees are required to contribute 3% of their salaries.[20]

If an employee is an active member and has at least five years of credited service, he or she is considered vested.[21]

Under a regular plan, an employee may retire at age 55 with a minimum of 5 years of service. Tier 1 members may retire at age 55 with no benefit reduction. Tier 2, 3 or 4 members with less than 30 years of service credit may retire but their benefit will be reduced by a percentage for each year of retirement prior to age 62.[22]

Employees may also participate in the state's deferred compensation plan.[23]

Other benefits

  • Flexible Spending Accounts for dependent care expenses or health care expenses.[24]
  • Employee Assistance Program is a peer assistance program jointly sponsored by labor and management. NYS EAP provides confidential information, assessment and referral services to NYS employees, their family members and retirees. It also provides orientations and training for all employees, managers, supervisors and union representatives on benefits and use of EAP.[25]
  • Worksite child care centers are sponsored by the New York State Family Benefits Program.[26]

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