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 NameJob TitleDepartment2011 YTD Earnings
Michael F. CollinsChancellor & Senior Vice President for Health SciencesUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$717,758
Terence R. FlotteExecutive Deputy Chancellor, Provost, & DeanUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$659,795
Derek R. LovleyAssociate Dean, College of Natural ResourcesUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst$589,129
Jack M. WilsonPresident EmeritusUniversity of Massachusetts$568,429
Thomas D. ManningDeputy ChancellorUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$530,204
Derek W. KelloggHead Basketball CoachUniversity of Massachusetts$503,219
Donna AmbrosinoExecutive Director, Mass BiologicsUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst$502,991
Charles J. PagnamVice Chancellor for DevelopmentUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$476,036
Robert Charles HolubChancellorUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst$442,714
Joyce A. MurphyVice Chancellor & COOUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$409,425
Robert E. JenalVice Chancellor, Administration & FinanceUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$368,024
John L. SullivanVice Provost for ResearchUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$362,543
Kenneth L. RockChairman of Department (Pathology)University of Massachusetts Medical School$350,831
Michael P. CzechProfessorUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$349,496
Catarina I. KiefeChairman of Department (Quantitative Health Sciences)University of Massachusetts Medical School$330,404
Gary S. SteinChairman of Department (Cell Biology)University of Massachusetts Medical School$328,402
Michele P. PugnaireSenior Associate Dean for Educational AffairsUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$305,991
Robert Paul PetersonChief Information OfficerUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$304,448
Luanne E. ThorndykeVice Provost Faculty AffairsUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$302,151
Robert A. NakosteenProfessor, School of ManagementUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst$296,238
James R. Julian Jr.Executive Vice PresidentUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst$294,382
Allan S. JacobsonProfessorUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$293,307
James V. StarosProvost & Vice Chancellor for Academic AffairsUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst$287,050
Mark A. FullerDean, School of ManagementUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst$285,258
James P. McNamaraExecutive Director, Office of Technology ManagementUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School$283,274