Nearly 9,000 Mass. state employees earn more than $100k

About 8,850 state employees earned more than $100,000 last year, a significant increase from 2012, when nearly 7,700 state workers cracked that mark, according to a Globe analysis of public payroll records.

The University of Massachusetts, as in past years, dominated the list of highest paid employees, with 68 of the 69 top spots held by UMass doctors, administrators, and coaches.

The university system had 2,785 workers earning in excess of $100,000, more than any other state entity. State Police were second on that list, with 1,629 troopers earning more than $100,000 last year, followed by the Trial Court, with 654, the Department of Public Health, with 378, and the Department of Transportation, with 337.


The number of state employees earning six figures has been steadily increasing in recent years, climbing from 6,900 in 2011.

Some of the highest-paid employees are from the UMass Medical School which says that only a tiny portion of its funding comes from taxpayers.

Still, David G. Tuerck
, a Suffolk University economist, said it seems inappropriate for the state to pay more than $100,000 to an increasing number of employees when the state unemployment rate rose from 6.7 percent in December 2012 to 7 percent in December 2013 and “the average income earner hasn’t done any better over the last several years.’’

“The issue is whether the state should be paying money that lavishly on its employees considering the relatively moribund state of the economy,’’ said Tuerck, who is also executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute, a conservative research group.


Ann Scales, a UMass spokeswoman, defended salaries at the university.

“Our salaries are established in relation to what people at comparable institutions are paid for doing comparable jobs,’’ she said in a statement. “It’s necessary that the salaries be competitive to attract and retain top faculty and staff.’’

The highest paid employee in 2013 was Michael F. Collins
, the chancellor of Umass Medical School and the school’s senior vice president for health sciences, who earned $816,602. He was also the highest paid state employee in 2012 and 2011.

The number two spot was held by Terence R. Flotte
, who is dean, provost and executive deputy chancellor of the medical school. He earned $730,187 last year, and was the second-highest earner in 2012 and 2011, as well. The coach of the men’s basketball team at Umass, Derek Kellogg
, was third on the list, pulling in $719,664 last year.


Governor Deval Patrick, who was paid $137,989 last year, was not even among the top 1,000 earners on the state payroll. He came in at at 2,099 on the list.

Mark L. Shelton, an associate vice chancellor for communications at UMass Medical School, said less than 5 percent of the school’s revenue comes from the state budget, while the and the rest comes from research funding, services, and contracts.

“University of Massachusetts Medical School compensation practices reflect a reasonable and competitive practice relative to peer institutions operating within healthcare and medical school systems, while enabling the recruitment and retention of capable leadership,’’ Shelton said.


The list of top earners does not include quasi-public agencies such as the Massachusetts Port Authority. In addition, some employees paid more than $100,000 in 2013 are not on the list because they no longer work for the state.

For instance, Jean Kim, the UMass vice chancellor for student affairs, who had an annual salary of about $250,000, received $394,595 through Dec. 22, and left the school in June. The school said Kim was paid a lump sum severance of $230,281 because she was due notice of dismissal when she was informed her appointment had been discontinued. Her 2013 pay also included vacation pay.

Others received additional pay that substantially boosted their base annual salaries.


Mark Klempner, the executive vice chancellor for Mass Biologics and a professor of medicine at UMass Medical School, has a listed annual salary of about $470,000. However, his total pay was more than $600,000 because of a performance incentive, which is up to 30 percent of annual pay.

Klempner’s pay is not paid by the state, but through revenues earned at MassBiologics from research, development, manufacturing and distribution of vaccines, according to a UMass spokesman.

UMass President Robert L. Caret got $114,563 in deferred compensation and a 15 percent bonus worth another $71,250 for a total of $653,473.

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