12 Massachusetts State Employees Made $500K or More in 2017

A dozen Massachusetts state employees made over $500,000 in 2017, according to data released by the state Comptroller's Office.

Michael Collins, chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, earned $1,040,000 last year, making him the top paid state employee. That includes his base play plus any other pay received. All of the top 10 highest paid employees were in the education or medical fields.

Others earning more than $500,000 included:

  • Terence Flotte, dean of the School of Medicine at UMass Medical School.
  • Mark Klempner, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics and professor of medicine at UMass Medical School.
  • Joyce Murphy, executive vice chancellor at Commonwealth Medicine at UMass Medical School.
  • Martin Meehan, president of UMass Lowell.
  • Derek Lovley, associate dean at the College of Natural Resources at UMass Amherst.
  • Brendan O'Leary, executive vice chancellor for innovation and business development at UMass Medical School.
  • Derek Kellogg, the former UMass Amherst men's basketball coach who was fired in March. He received a 50 percent buyout of the remaining two years on his contract.
  • Kenneth Rock, chairman of the Department of Pathology at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
  • Kumble Subbaswamy, chancellor of UMass Amherst.
  • Katherine Newman, senior vice president for academic affairs, student affairs and international relations at UMass Amherst.
  • Robert Jenal, former executive vice chancellor at UMass Medical School, who retired in June.

UMass Amherst football coach Mark Whipple finished at just under $500,000, earning $493,000.

Other notable state employees near the top of the list included Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Richard McKeon ($387,000) and Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes ($339,000), both of whom retired last year following accusations that troopers had been ordered to alter arrest reports.

Gov. Charlie Baker was the 2,971st highest paid employee in the state in 2017, earning $152,000. He wasn't even the highest paid Baker in the state. That honor went to state police Lt. Paul Baker, who earned $244,000.

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