228 state employees, according to a report published by the Empire Center, received overtime of $100,000 or more in 2021. It was estimated that several thousand state employees, including over 1,400 employees in the executive branch, received more than the governor’s salary of $225,000 for the year. past.


In its 2021 state government payroll analysis, Empire Center found that government agencies paid $953.6 million in overtime during the calendar year. That’s US$ 100 million, about 12% more than in 2020.

Total salaries for government employees increased 6.1%, from $64,124 to $68,292.

Empire participates in New York State’s budgeting and spending policies. Empire publishes data on salaries and pensions for civil servants and their impact on the state budget. In 2018, Empire released a report showing that more than 3,500 state employees were paid more than Governor Cuomo’s $179,000 salary.

A report by Empire found that more than 3,800 former government employees received more than $100,000 in pensions between 2016 and 2017, an 18% increase from the previous year. A 2016 Empire report highlighted overspending on education, as 32 New York City educators paid more than $200,000 a year, including one employee who earned more than $200,000 and also received a pension of more than $200,000. per annum.


Since its inception in January 2005, Empire Center’s areas of interest include economics, taxation, and spending, public employment issues including pension reform and the impact of the Taylor Act, energy policy, health, and education.

Some people appear twice in the SeeThroughNY database because they both work for a public agency, such as the government agency. a local IDA, as well as working for a state or local government agency. These people may be paid by one or both employers.