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More than 6,400 state workers earn more than $100K

Posted February 3, 2011 05:07 PM

More than 6,400 state employees -- a group dominated at the top by University of Massachusetts doctors, professors, and at least one coach -- earned more than $100,000 in 2010, according to state payroll records released today by the state comptroller's office.

The state's highest-paid employee last year was Donna Ambrosino, executive director of MassBiologics at the UMass Medical School, who earned $792,885. However, those who work for UMass Medical School get the vast majority of their compensation from work as doctors, not the state, said Mark Shelton, a spokesman for UMass Medical School.

UMass basketball head coach Derek Kellogg earned $498,216, the seventh-highest salary in the state.

Only one of the state's top 100 highest paid employees was not from UMass -- Henry M. Nields, the chief medical examiner, who earned $242,337. The next highest paid, non-UMass employee was William Lewis Jr., a State Police lieutenant who earned $228,540.

The list of non-UMass employees was dominated by college presidents, State Police officers, and workers at the Department of Mental Health.

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