Online Database Reveals NYS Public Employee Salaries

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BUFFALO, NY -- A non-profit organization in Albany has compiled a searchable database that gives the salaries of all public school employees in the state.

Click here to search the database

The Empire Center for New York State Policy also posts salary information on other public employees from the state, counties, cities, towns and villages across New York.

The group's study found average school-employee pay varies wildly across the state, with the highest compensation found in the New York City suburbs of Westchester County and on Long Island.

The study also found 288 school employees across the state made more than $200,000 in 2009-10 school year.

The average compensation in school districts around the state increased slightly, growing from $45,701 in 2008-09 to $45,923 this year.

Average pay in school districts for professional staff, which includes teachers and administrators, increased slightly, from $52,873 in 2008-09 to $52,882 in 2009-10.

The average pay for non-professional staff - employees such as custodians, office support staff and teachers aides -- also grew during those years, from $29,703 to $30,394.

New Yorkers on average made $51,390 in 2009, according to the state Department of Labor.

The study comes as Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo signaled that he was willing to cut school aid to localities.

Cuomo, speaking at a conference of Hispanic lawmakers in Puerto Rico earlier this week, criticized the high cost of public education in New York that produces poor results.

Outgoing Governor David Paterson vetoed $1.2 billion in school aid in June in order to close a $9 billion budget gap.

The state faces a $9.2 billion deficit in the 2010-11 fiscal year, which begins April 1.

Watch 2 On Your Side's Michael Wooten's report in the video player.

Gannett Albany Reporter Nick Reisman also contributed to this report.

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