I-Team: 2013 State workers’ earnings

(WWLP) – Thousands of state workers make six-figures and we’re paying for most of their paychecks. There are close to 9,000 state employees that make more than $100,000 each year.

Here is a look at some of those who are making six figures:

  • Governor Deval Patrick made $138K last year
  • Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby made $154K
  • The four other gaming commissioners made $115K.
  • Department of Children and Families commissioner Olga Roche, who has been severely criticized for her performance,  took in $127K.
  • Department of Transitional Assistance commissioner Stacey Monahan, who oversees the state’s welfare system, made $108K.

Top ranking government officials get paid very well, but the top 58 paid state workers all work for the University of Massachusetts system, many in Amherst. Overall, nearly 2,800 UMass employees made more than $100,000 last year.  Fired football coach Charley Molnar already cashed his $963,000 buyout check for 2014.

Former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle recently retired during an investigation of his spending on the taxpayer’s dime, but he was just one of 71 Westfield State employees to make six-figures.  Dobelle topped the list at $293K in 2013.

The State Police are another department that has a lot of high earners.  Many of their troopers make more than the Colonel, who leads the department, because of overtime.  More than 1,500 state troopers made more than $100,000; 32 of them more than the Colonel, who made $210K last year.

We have to go back to UMass for the top of the list: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg made $719,000, making him the third highest paid state employee in Massachusetts in 2013.

UMass Medical Center Chancellor Michael Collins topped the list in 2013, making $816K.

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