A Long Island Rail Road track worker more than quadrupled his $55,000 salary last year by logging a seemingly impossible — and possibly dangerous — number of overtime hours.
Marco Pazmino raked in a staggering $256,177 in overtime pay for 2018, despite earning a base of just $54,985 — bringing his haul for the year to $311,162, according to new data from the Empire Center watchdog group.
That’s more than twice the $135,969 he earned in 2017 — and some 4¹/₂ times the $68,677 he made in 2016 doing the same gig at just a few bucks less an hour.
Pazmino — who has worked for the railroad since 1985 — made the extra moolah by putting in for 4,157 hours of overtime, along with 1,688 hours he worked at his regular $35-an-hour rate, the MTA revealed Monday.
That works out to an average of 22.4 hours a day from Monday to Friday — or 16 hours a day, 365 days in the year.
The MTA couldn’t say how many hours Pazmino had logged in a single shift — but noted weekend tours can last up to 55 hours during an outage.
Federal laws limit the number of consecutive hours train crews and dispatchers can work, but don’t apply to track maintenance workers, according to a spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration.
Those unregulated hours can pose serious safety risks, MTA Chairman Pat Foye told The Post.
“Rail workers around the country who are not governed by hours of service rules have been injured and killed when working long hours and due to fatigue,” Foye said.
“Someone who has worked hundreds of hours in a week should not be driving their personal car let alone operating or working around railroad equipment.”
Foye last week ordered a crackdown on overtime abuse at the LIRR — following news that now-retired chief measurement operator Thomas Caputo scored a whopping $344,147 in overtime for 2018.
Caputo was the top earner in the whole MTA for 2018 — earning even more than Foye, who was its president at the time — and also made the most in overtime.
But he actually logged fewer overtime hours than Pazmino, putting in for 3,864 extra hours.
When reached Monday, Pazmino said, “Nope, no comment.”
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