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Data from salary database of Massachusetts state police, DOC officers, raises eyebrows
By masslive.com - Patrick Johnson
Published: 02/20/2012

A database on salaries for 2011 with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety shows dozens of state police troopers and corrections officers at the state’s prisons earn more than $100,000 and in some cases more than $200,000 annually .

The information was gleaned through Open Checkbook, the state’s new program to promote transparency in government by making information about state finances available over the Internet.

MassLive.com has been compiling information under Open Checkbook for different state departments into searchable databases.

"The public databases are always popular with readers," said Ed Kubosiak Jr., Editor-in-chief of MassLive.com. "The data can be used to take a closer look at a number of relevant issues, including how compensation for public sector jobs compares to private sector work, relative salaries for men and women, and more."

Among the initial findings in the database on the Executive Office of Public Safety is there are 23 state police officers earning more than $200,000 per year and several dozens more making more than $100,000 and more than 20 employees with the Department of Corrections earning more than $100,000.

Officials with the state police and the Department of Corrections said on Thursday the salary numbers by themselves typically raise eyebrows, but in most cases those salaries are the result of people working lots and lots of overtime.

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