580 State of Vermont employees earn more than $100,000

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by Guy Page

580 employees of the State of Vermont annually earn more than $100,000.

The 10 best-paid state employees, as of September 27 and according to publicly-available data, are:

      1. Steven Shapiro, Chief Medical Examiner, Dept. of Health, $195,042
      2. Jonathan Strenio, Medicaid Medical Director, Vermont Health Access, $182,582
      3. Philip Scott, Governor, $181,646.
      4. Paul Reiber, Chief Justice, Judiciary, $174,824
      5. Elizabeth Bundock, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Dept. of Health, $172,120
      6. Beth Robinson, Associate Justice, Judiciary, $166,858
      7. Brian Grearson, Chief Administrative Judge, Judiciary, $166,858
      8. Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Judiciary, $166,858
      9. Harold Eaton Jr., Associate Justice, Judiciary, $166,858
    10. Karen Carroll, Associate Justice, Judiciary, $166,858

The Chief Medical Examiner is a forensic pathologist leading Vermont’s statewide medical examiner system. The office performs several hundred autopsies per year and reviews paperwork of the roughly 5,000 deaths that occur in Vermont annually. Actual death investigation – for example, ascertaining the cause of death at crime scenes and car crashes – relies on community-based death investigators coordinated through a central system led by the CME, the CME web page says.

As with many of the best-paying State of Vermont jobs, the job market offers (pardon the expression) stiff competition for the services of forensic pathologists. They can earn up to $290,000, or even more. Medical, IT, health care, and legal professionals are similarly well-paid both in and outside of state government.

On the other end of the six-figure pay spectrum, Dept. of Financial Regulation insurance examiners Jennie Kerner and James Devoe-Talutto both earn $100,068. Also, a few highly skilled employees are paid better than the chief executives of the agencies, departments or offices for whom they work. All salary information in this article is publicly available on the State of Vermont website.

Most of the $150K+ employees are Superior or Supreme Court justices. Others earning above $150K include:

       Anthony Roisman, Chair, Public Utilities Commission, $158,621
       Kevin Mullin, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board, $158,621
       Thomas Durkin, Environmental Judge, $158,621
       Mark Levine, Commissioner, Dept. of Health, $155,730
       Eric Henry, Principal Assistant, State Treasurer’s Office, $154,918
       Tanya Elizabeth Morehouse, Chief Auditor, Auditor of Accounts’ Office, $152,568
       Others include (in descending order of compensation):
       Matthew Birmingham, Vermont State Police Colonel, $148,743
       Linda Lambert, Dir, IT & Performance Audits, Auditor of Accounts’ Office, $146,973
       Patsy Tassler Kelso, State Epidemiologist, $146,640
       Jason Gibbs, Chief of Staff for Gov. Scott, $146,141
       Nancy Hogue, Executive Director, Vermont Health Access, $145,080
       Susanne Young, Administration Agency Secretary, $143,603
       John Quinn III, Digital Services Agency Secretary, $143,603
       Lindsay Kurrle, Secretary Agency of Commerce & Community Development, $143,603
       Daniel French, Secretary Agency of Education, $143,603
       Joseph Flynn, Secretary Agency of Transportation, $143,603
       Anson Tebbetts, Secretary Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, 143,312
       Julia Moore, Secretary of Agency of Natural Resources, $143,312
       Michael Schirling, Commissioner of Public Safety, $143,021
       Stephanie Taylor Shaw, Executive Director, Mental Health, $141,773
       Wayne Gammell, Director of AOT Finance & Administration, $139,672
       Stephen Klein, Joint Fiscal Officer, $138,653
       Thomas J. Donovan Jr., Attorney General, $137,883
       Carol Hassler, Dir Child W/Spec. Health Need, Dept. of Health, $137,592
       Cory Gustafson, Commissioner, Vermont Health Access, $135,221
       Francis Reed, Director of Mental Health Services, $134,514

About five percent of Vermont State employees in the database earn more than $100,000. The average median household income for Vermonters is $57,513, according to Datausa. To view salaries of more than 10,361 Vermont State employees, click here.

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