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$ Who makes what at the ports? Port of New York and New Jersey

PortandTerminal.com, September 22, 2019

Earlier this week we ran an article about the South Carolina Port Authority’s team being awarded major performance bonuses. The response to the article almost crashed our server. So here’s more of the same in case you interested…

NEWARK, NJ – Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) employees were paid an average of $100,302 last year, according to data released on SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s transparency website.

Payroll at Port Authority totalled over $845 million last year, an increase of more than $30 million from 2017. Overtime and other extra pay such as shift differentials and holiday pay accounted for $193 million of the total, averaging $22,937 per employee.

The Authority also began to pay over $118 million in retroactive wages and salaries last year, thanks to a failure to administer raises required by a previous bargaining agreement. The largest retro payment was $158,656 to Stephen Vendola, a chief maintenance supervisor whose base pay was $106,324.

The highest-paid group of employees, Port Authority police, averaged $30,771 in overtime. Port Authority Police were paid a total average of $121,681.

Almost half of the 8,428 people who worked for Port Authority in 2018 took home six-figures last year.  This included 243 employees who were paid at least $200,000.

Including overtime and other extras, the highest-paid Port Authority employee last year was Police Sergeant Kevin Cottrell, at $313,111, nearly 3 times his base rate. Ranking second was by Steven Plate, chief of major capital projects in WTC construction, who pulled in a total of $310,276, followed by Police Officer Edwin Berdecia, who more than tripled his $90,000 pay rate in overtime to reach $307,006 in total pay for the year.

The 50 highest-paid Port Authority employees can be found here.

Interested in joining the Port of New York and New Jersey? Their hiring page can be found by clicking here.

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