Top 25 Massachusetts Employee Salaries

On Monday, Massachusetts unveiled a pretty amazing database on government spending that they’re calling “Open Checkbook.” It’s got just about everything a data freak or government conspiracy theorist could possibly want: Spending breakdowns for each department, vendor payments, and salary and pension numbers.

Naturally, I went for the juiciest numbers — the salaries of the highest-paid employees in the state. It’s often the case that big-time athletic coaches are the biggest earners (See: Texas), but fittingly, in a state full of egg-heads, educators are making the biggest paychecks. Sure, most of them happen to work at the UMass Medical School, so they’re doctors/educators, but we’re going to count it. And don’t feel too bad for the coaches: Derek Kellogg, head coach of the UMass Minutemen basketball, is the 6th biggest earner.

As for the guy actually running the state? Governor Deval Patrick is way down the list — by the time the end of the year rolls around, he’ll have pulled in $139,832. A tidy sum, but maybe he should have skipped Harvard Law and gone to medical school instead.

Update: Steve Poftak, a fellow Boston Daily contributor, pointed out to me that the Pioneer Institute (where he’s the director of research) launched a very similar “open government” site three years ago, called MassOpenbooks. The state’s site has the benefit of being constantly updated, but MassOpenBooks has some neat visualization tools—like the bar charts showing year-to-year growth in department salaries.

Employee Name Job Title Department 2011 YTD Earnings
Michael F. Collins Chancellor & Senior Vice President for Health Sciences University of Massachusetts Medical School $717,758
Terence R. Flotte Executive Deputy Chancellor, Provost, & Dean University of Massachusetts Medical School $659,795
Derek R. Lovley Associate Dean, College of Natural Resources University of Massachusetts Amherst $589,129
Jack M. Wilson President Emeritus University of Massachusetts $568,429
Thomas D. Manning Deputy Chancellor University of Massachusetts Medical School $530,204
Derek W. Kellogg Head Basketball Coach University of Massachusetts $503,219
Donna Ambrosino Executive Director, Mass Biologics University of Massachusetts Amherst $502,991
Charles J. Pagnam Vice Chancellor for Development University of Massachusetts Medical School $476,036
Robert Charles Holub Chancellor University of Massachusetts Amherst $442,714
Joyce A. Murphy Vice Chancellor & COO University of Massachusetts Medical School $409,425
Robert E. Jenal Vice Chancellor, Administration & Finance University of Massachusetts Medical School $368,024
John L. Sullivan Vice Provost for Research University of Massachusetts Medical School $362,543
Kenneth L. Rock Chairman of Department (Pathology) University of Massachusetts Medical School $350,831
Michael P. Czech Professor University of Massachusetts Medical School $349,496
Catarina I. Kiefe Chairman of Department (Quantitative Health Sciences) University of Massachusetts Medical School $330,404
Gary S. Stein Chairman of Department (Cell Biology) University of Massachusetts Medical School $328,402
Michele P. Pugnaire Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs University of Massachusetts Medical School $305,991
Robert Paul Peterson Chief Information Officer University of Massachusetts Medical School $304,448
Luanne E. Thorndyke Vice Provost Faculty Affairs University of Massachusetts Medical School $302,151
Robert A. Nakosteen Professor, School of Management University of Massachusetts Amherst $296,238
James R. Julian Jr. Executive Vice President University of Massachusetts Amherst $294,382
Allan S. Jacobson Professor University of Massachusetts Medical School $293,307
James V. Staros Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs University of Massachusetts Amherst $287,050
Mark A. Fuller Dean, School of Management University of Massachusetts Amherst $285,258
James P. McNamara Executive Director, Office of Technology Management University of Massachusetts Medical School $283,274
  • kfoley

    At least Texas (and, for a more local example, Connecticut) have wildly popular sports programs at their state universities. I went to UMass, and am still a fan of the basketball team – and I’ve never seen the Mullins Center filled.

    I, for one, am happy to hear the state compensates its top educators well.

  • Wondering

    So why does an Associate Dean in the College of Natural Resources pull in close to $600K? More than provosts, VPs, etc.? You got some ‘splaining to do, Lovely.

  • ValSue

    This IS the information revolution, so it seems fitting to see this. But to analyze the data accurately, you might realize that most of the top salaries aren’t going to people actually teaching in the university, but to managers of the teachers. Many are overseeing the medical area instuction.

  • agingcynic

    Say, an “Arthur Pappas, MD” collects almost $20k/month in pension from UMassMed. The fact that he was an owner of the Red Sox was probably a coincidence, right?

  • Jon

    Derek would you respect these scientist/doctor/educators more if they had instead gotten Bachelor of Arts degrees like yourself and devoted their life to making insipid blanket criticisms of subjects they do not know much about?