1 out of 4 city workers makes more than $100,000

One out of four full-time Boston municipal employees made more than $100,000 last year, a figure more than double the city’s median income.

More than 4,300 employees were paid in excess of $100,000 in 2013, according to payroll records released Friday. The records show that 81 people made more than $200,000.

In the Police Department, 1,604 staffers — more than half the payroll — made more than $100,000. The Fire Department had an even larger share of employees paid above that level. According to the records, 68 percent of the Fire Department’s workforce — 1,146 people out of 1,690 — made more than $100,000.

Boston’s estimated median income in 2011 was $49,081, according to the US Census Bureau. The payroll records released by the city included 22,469 full- and part-time employees. Boston had the equivalent of roughly 16,000 full-time employees as of Jan. 1, according to the city.


The largest payout went to police Officer Baltazar Darosa, who made $293,892.24, records show. Police department employees accounted for 29 of the city’s top 30 earners. The one exception was former schools superintendent Carol R. Johnson, who was paid $264,000.

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