Boston’s 8,451 Most Highly Compensated Public Employees Earning $100,000+ Cost Taxpayers $1.2B Last Year

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It might be known as Beantown, but someone might want to count the beans a little more closely in Boston.

Auditors at found that 8,451 City of Boston employees earned over $100,000 in 2020. Our findings published at Forbes:

  • 7,718 made between $100,000 and $200,000;
  • 698 made between $200,000 and $300,000; and
  • 35 made over $300,000.

In 2020, the Boston Fire Department (BFD) employed 1,692 people, at a cost of $264 million. More than 91 percent of its force earned over $100,000 (1,535 out of 1,692). The same year, the Boston Police Department paid $416.3 million to 3,142 people.

Some of Boston’s highest-paid employees are police officers (Police Lieutenant Sean P. Smith earned over $365,000) and firemen (Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hocking made $332,574).

Surprisingly, 749 people were paid more by the City of Boston than Martin Walsh earned as its mayor. He was paid $199,000.

Boston employed 42 interns last year, at a cost of $328,636, with the highest paid making $46,368 in 2020 in the “School Support & Tranformation” [sic] Department. (Boston misspells the word transformation in its public school’s data).

All told, the City of Boston paid out $1.82 billion in salaries in 2020.

For the City on the Hill that boasts a population of 392,600 people, an almost $2 billion payroll adds up to a bit more than a hill of beans for Boston taxpayers.

The #WasteOfTheDay is presented by the forensic auditors at

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