Public Payroll Watch

No. 3 • October 2008

EMPIRE CENTER
FOR NEW YORK STATE POLICY
A project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Two-Year Rise in State Payroll May Add $700 Million in Costs
Nearly 8,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees—including more than 4,800 in the past year—have been added to New York’s state government payroll since the fall of 2006, according to data from the state comptroller’s office. As of the first pay period in October, the state payroll totaled 239,830 FTE employees. That is the highest total for any comparable period since 1991, the first year of Mario Cuomo’s third term as governor. Under former Governor George Pataki, the third-quarter payroll reached 231,853 FTEs in October 2006. Based on weighted average biweekly salaries, the two-year increase of 7,979 FTE state employees represents $700 million a year in added compensation costs, including benefits and payroll taxes. Total salary, benefits and payroll taxes for state workers have increased $2.2 billion, or 12 percent, in the last two years.* Much of the increase resulted from expanded programs included in the first budget proposed by former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who took office in January 2007. Governor David Paterson, who succeeded Spitzer in mid-March of this year, announced hiring freezes in April and again in July. Including overtime and regional differentials, the average state worker’s salary is $59,717, up 8 percent since 2006. The total cost per employee, including benefits and payroll taxes, now comes to $86,858. Over half of the state payroll increase in the past two years has been concentrated in higher education, where the number of FTEs has grown by 5 percent in the State University and 11 percent in the City University. (See table on back page for details.)
* Total compensation costs were calculated using the Division of the Budget estimate that benefits and payroll taxes average 45.6 percent of salaries across all job titles.

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Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) State Government Employees
First Payroll Period in October
Agencies, Department and Divisions Adirondack Park Agency Agriculture and Markets Alcoholic Beverage Control Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Banking Department Board of Elections Budget Division City University of New York Civil Service Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled Consumer Protection Board Correctional Services Council of the Arts Crime Victims Compensation Board Criminal Justice Services Economic Development Education Department Environmental Conservation Executive Chamber Health Housing and Community Renewal Human Rights Industrial Exhibit Authority (State Fair) Insurance Department Judiciary Labor Law Legislature Lottery Military and Naval Affairs - SEMO Miscellaneous Commissions Motor Vehicles NYS Foundation Sci Tech Innov Office for Technology Office for the Aging Office of Children and Family Services Office of Employee Relations Office of General Services Office of Mental Health Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation Office of Prevention of Domestic Violence Office of Real Property Services Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance Office of the State Comptroller Parole Probation and Correctional Alternatives Public Employment Relations Board Public Service Commission State State Commission of Corrections State Insurance Fund (off budget) State Police (Inc. Statewide Wireless Network) State Racing and Wagering Board State University of New York Taxation and Finance Transportation Veterans Affairs Workers' Compensation Board TOTAL (reflects rounding) 2006 75 620 145 944 528 59 379 20,329 687 93 31 31,812 51 89 664 194 3,870 4,085 139 5,939 915 194 83 930 17,466 3,712 1,908 3,598 340 740 422 2,850 30 629 131 3,872 76 1,877 16,356 22,013 3,476 30 384 2,384 2,442 2,001 34 32 526 829 34 2,669 5,923 122 45,581 5,054 9,819 109 1,529 231,851 2008 77 628 155 979 552 63 371 22,533 620 101 29 31,597 49 93 719 191 3,949 4,232 174 6,310 931 201 84 965 18,297 3,563 2,024 3,531 342 824 390 2,972 28 627 129 3,916 55 1,889 17,151 22,673 3,309 28 350 2,289 2,591 2,151 36 33 553 908 34 2,630 5,983 128 48,022 5,203 9,982 101 1,490 239,830 Change Number Rate 2 8 9 36 24 4 -8 2,204 -67 8 -2 -215 -2 4 55 -3 79 147 35 371 15 7 1 34 832 -149 116 -67 2 84 -32 122 -2 -2 -2 44 -21 12 795 660 -167 -2 -34 -95 149 149 2 1 27 79 0 -39 61 6 2,441 149 163 -8 -39 7,979 3.6% 1.3% 6.3% 3.8% 4.5% 7.5% -2.2% 10.8% -9.8% 8.5% -5.5% -0.7% -4.3% 4.8% 8.3% -1.3% 2.0% 3.6% 25.2% 6.2% 1.7% 3.6% 0.3% 3.7% 4.8% -4.0% 6.1% -1.9% 0.5% 11.3% -7.5% 4.3% -7.0% -0.4% -1.5% 1.1% -27.9% 0.6% 4.9% 3.0% -4.8% -6.4% -8.9% -4.0% 6.1% 7.5% 6.1% 1.5% 5.1% 9.6% 0.0% -1.5% 1.0% 4.5% 5.4% 2.9% 1.7% -7.0% -2.5% 3.4%

Source: Office of the State Comptroller

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