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.