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Officers are Hub’s top wage earners

Superintendent is highest paid

Eight of the top 10 wage earners employed by the city of Boston last year were police officers, many of whom more than doubled their six-figure base salaries with extra pay for overtime and detail work at roadside construction sites, according to payroll records released yesterday by the city.

The eight highest-paid police officers all took home more than $230,000, while their boss, Commissioner Edward F. Davis, made $177,549.85, and his boss, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, earned $175,000. The top-paid police officer was Lieutenant Haseeb Hosein, whose 2011 paychecks totaled $259,914, which included $39,028 in overtime and $88,405 in police detail work.

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The top money maker in the city again last year was Carol R. Johnson, superintendent of schools, who was paid $323,222, which included an annual $56,472 pension-like payment. Payroll records showed that 342 employees identified as teachers earned $100,000 or more.

The second highest-paid city employee in 2011 was former fire chief Ronald Keating, who took home $313,566. Keating retired Oct. 31 after more than 41 years in the department, and his compensation included a nearly $167,000 payout forunused sick time and vacation. It was unclear if that included compensation from a consulting contract that kept him at the Fire Department through last month.

Overall, Boston’s payroll increased by roughly $32 million from 2010, an increase of about 2.5 percent, to almost $1.3 billion, according to Meredith Weenick, the city’s chief financial officer. The increase stemmed from contractual raises in existing labor agreements.

“We saw modest growth in earnings,’’ Weenick said, “which is what we would expect in a year in which we have been tightly managing overtime and not growing the workforce.’’

Individual police officers continued to get substantial overtime checks, such as Detective Paul A. Painten, who led the force in 2011 with $112,208.20 in overtime pay alone. In 2010, he was second in police overtime earnings, making $106,078.

Overall, the Police Department’s overtime continued to decline, falling roughly 6 percent from 2010, to $42.2 million. City officials said about $1.4 million was spent on police overtime at Occupy Boston, the protest encampment at Dewey Square in the Financial District.

Overtime spiked by roughly 3 percent, or $2 million, from 2010, a surge attributable in part to an increase in Fire Department overtime. More firefighters and other employees left the department than anticipated, Weenick said, which required overtime to fill shifts.

The records released yesterday in response to a public records request by the Globe included 16,277 full-time employees at the start of 2011, a workforce that shrank by about 200 from the previous year.

The payroll includes a gravedigger who made $43,877.36; a children’s librarian, $60,851.64; and City Council President Stephen J. Murphy, $87,499.88.

More than 3,600 employees earned $100,000 or more, down from about 3,800 last year, when firefighters and police officers received lump sums of retroactive pay that dated back several years. The list this year included about 1,400 police officers, 1,100 firefighters, 810 School Department employees, and more than 200 other city workers.

According to the records, 157 city employees earned more than Menino. They included Boston Public Library president Amy E. Ryan ($195,000); Michael Goar, deputy superintendent of schools,($177,715); and 23 members of the Fire Department and 129 police officers.

Andrew Ryan can be reached at acryan@globe.com Follow him on Twitter @globeandrewryan.
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