Salaries in the financial industry are higher than they were before the crash of 2008 and bonuses on Wall Street are expected to grow by 8 percent to $23.9 billion, but jobs in the securities sector have declined, according to a report released today by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

While DiNapoli called the news overall “a mixed bag” he added that the return to generous pay packages is a sign the economy is strengthening in New York.

“The reality is when the street does well, everyone overall in the economy benefits,” DiNapoli said on a conference call with reporters, adding, “It’s great work if you can get it.”

The average salary on Wall Street in 2011 was $362,950, according to the most recently available data.

But the aftershocks of the great recession remain.

DiNapoli’s report found that employment on Wall Street totaled 169,700 jobs as of December 2012, a decline of 1,000 jobs from a year earlier.

The securities industry in New York City lost 28,300 jobs during the financial crisis and has added only 8,500 and there are 10 percent fewer jobs in New York City.

Still, New York continues to have the lion’s share of the securities jobs in the country and the city and state remain the headquarters for many of the world’s major financial institutions, DiNapoli said.

The bonuses, many of which were paid out in December 2012 in order to avoid the expected rise in taxes from the fiscal cliff talks in Washington, are in line with the initial projections for the state budget and no adjustment is needed to the spending plan proposal, DiNapoli said.

On the topic of the state budget, DiNapoli said his office was still performing an analysis of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to allow local governments to smooth out pension costs now at the expense of future savings under the Tier Six plan.

“I expect you’ll hear something soon,” DiNapoli said.