Who Makes What

How much money does Barack Obama make as a U.S. senator? Find out salary information about him and others in various fields.

From advertising to zookeeping, from opera to Oprah, we crunched the numbers on pay at more than 190 jobs around town. What’s in your wallet?

Photography by Steven E. Gross

A stenographer who makes more than Barack Obama. A doctor who makes less than a dog walker. And who knew personal shoppers could make more than twice as much as first-year public defenders?

Our survey of annual salaries in Chicago gave us a few surprises-and reams of interesting conversations. To compile our report, we scoured public records and published sources; interviewed human resources personnel, union leaders, and industry experts; and simply asked people about their pay. (When one of our numbers here comes from another published source, we’ve cited the source. Data from public records and interviews are unmarked.) For some workers we annualized income by multiplying their hourly wage by the number of hours they said they worked (if they didn’t say, we assumed 52 40-hour weeks). Many of the struggling artists, athletes, and do-gooders on our list have other jobs that pay the rent. We include income only for the job listed for 2005, unless otherwise noted. Finally, many of these jobs have perks and benefits that we did not quantify, such as getting health insurance, use of the Governor’s Mansion, or a chance to kiss Jennifer Aniston. We only counted the cash (except in the case of Tuna the cat).

Entertainers
Oprah
(Source: Forbes)
$225 million
Vince Vaughn
($12 million for The Break Up, $3 million for Wedding Crashers)
$15 million
Steve Carell
Second City alum
(for The 40-Year-Old Virgin)
$500,000

 

Peter Oprisko
Sinatra-style singer
approx. $175,000
Stephen Sodaro
Magician and psychic entertainer
$35,000
Cassandra Bissell
Stage actress, Short Shakespeare! ‘Macbeth’
$14,000
Actor
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
From $350/week (for smaller stages) to $800/week (for larger stages)
Highest-paid athletes
1) Jim Thome
White Sox designated hitter/first baseman
$14.167 million
2) Tim Thomas
Bulls forward
$13.975 million
3) Paul Konerko
White Sox first baseman
$12 million
4) Javier Vazquez
White Sox pitcher
$11.5 million
5) Kerry Wood
Cubs pitcher
$11 million
6) Aramis Ramirez
Cubs third baseman
$10.5 million
7) Tyson Chandler
Bulls center
$9 million
8) Freddy García
White Sox pitcher
$9 million
9) Greg Maddux
Cubs pitcher     
$9 million
10) Derrek Lee
Cubs first baseman           
$8.667 million

Paid to Play

Ozzie Guillen
Manager, world champion White Sox
$2 million
Dusty Baker
Manager, Cubs
$3.75 million
Nikolai Khabibulin
Goalie and highest-paid member of the Chicago Blackhawks
$6.75 million
Craig Anderson
Backup goalie, Chicago Blackhawks
$450,000
Jerry Azumah,
Cornerback and highest-paid member of the Chicago Bears
$3 million
(base salary; does not include bonus)
Brian Urlacher
Middle linebacker, Chicago Bears
$1.25 million
(base salary; does not include bonus)
Kane County Cougar
First season
$1,100/month, maximum
Luvabull
Chicago Bulls
$40 plus two tickets per game; $90/hour for personal appearances

 

Juanna Rumble
Blocker, Windy City Rollers
$0
Lifeguard supervisor
Chicago Park District
$31,200
(based on $15/hour)
Price of Success

Combined 2005 salaries of Cubs starting pitchers
(Kerry Wood, Greg Maddux, Mark Prior, Carlos Zambrano, Glendon Rusch)

$27.8 million
Price per win by starters:
$556,200
Combined 2005 salaries of White Sox starting pitchers
(Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia, Orlando Hernandez, Jose Contreras)
$29.4 million
Price per win by starters:
$408,333
Media figures
Diann Burns
News anchor, CBS 2
(Source: Chicago Tribune)
$2 million
Mancow Muller
Radio host, WKQX
(Source: Chicago Sun-Times)
$2 million
Ira Glass
Executive producer/host of This American Life, WBEZ
$105,692
(2004 salary)
Phil Ponce
Host of Chicago Tonight, WTTW
$195,893
(2004 salary)
Advertising executive
Starcom
$47,300
Creative accounting
Sir Andrew Davis
Principal conductor/music director
Lyric Opera of Chicago
$885,624
Chorus member
Lyric Opera of Chicago
$49,000
James Cuno
President and Eloise W. Martin Director, Art Institute of Chicago
$371,985
Deborah Card
President, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association
$391,667
Samuel Magad
Concertmaster, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
$261,402
Robert Chen
Co-concertmaster, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
$235,042
CSO union musician
$106,080
Model
Elite Chicago
$75,000 to $150,000
Hair/makeup artist
Elite Chicago
$60,000
Kevin Eichorst
Portrait photographer
$20,000

Kevin Stein
Poet laureate of Illinois

$1,500
(sum he spent to promote Poetry Now, a project to attract audiences for poetry )

Food and drink

Executive chef
Italian restaurant in the Loop
$57,000
Daniel Speer
Chef, Morseland
$31,200
Kate Wimbiscus
Barista, Starbucks, Michigan Avenue and Huron Street
$17,680
(based on $7.50/hour, $1/hour in tips)
Al Mroz
Bartender, Woodlawn Tap
$31,980
(based on $6/hour plus $60 to $90/night in tips)
Robert Adams Jr. and Robert Adams Sr.
Co-owners, Honey 1 BBQ
$20,000 (each)
 
Abby Witt
Cocktail waitress, Mad Jack’s  
$5,980
(based on $100 to $130/night, one night/week)
Yana Dubinsky
Cocktail waitress, Rockit Bar & Grill      
$43,680
(based on $3.80/hour, $200 to $300/night in tips, three nights a week)
John Wills
Dairy Queen cashier
$8,450
(based on $6.50/hour, 25 hours/week)

 

Sharone Mitchell
Sales consultant, Judge & Dolph, liquor distributors
$55,000
Style around town

Brian Sutcliffe
Stylist, Siren Salon, North Side

$48,000
Joe Giacobbe
Barber, University Barber, South Side
$25,000
(estimate based on range)
Edith Slawniak
Aesthetician, Renu Day Spa, North Shore
$57,000

Living with the law

 

Christopher Esbrook
Second-year associate, Kirkland & Ellis
$145,000
Dan Webb
Überlawyer, Winston & Strawn(Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
$1 million
Chris Nathan
First-year public defender, Cook County
$43,222
Mara Georges
Corporation counsel, City of Chicago
$159,276
Entry-level legal secretary
Gardner, Carton & Douglas
$38,000
Patrick Fitzgerald
U.S. attorney, Northern District of Illinois
$143,000
Richard Posner
Federal judge, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
$175,100
(does not include income from writing or from teaching at the University of Chicago Law School)
Rebecca Pallmeyer
Federal judge, Northern District of Illinois
$165,200

The skin trade

Exotic dancer
Admiral Theatre Gentlemen’s Club
$300 to $1,000 /night
Cara Zavaleta
Miss November 2004, Playboy
$25,000
(for Playmate of the Month pictorial)
Christie Hefner
CEO, Playboy
$1.44 million
(Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

Tough guys

Lance Corporal James Craven
U.S. Marine Corps
$31,000 plus $1,750 hazard pay for tour of duty in Iraq
Bouncer
Gold Coast bar
$37,000
(based on $10 to $13/hour plus up to $100 in tips/night)

Crime doesn’t pay

Street-Level Drug dealer
$1,776
(after gang dues; source: Freakonomics)

Animal people

Stuart D. Strahl
President and CEO, Brookfield Zoo
$258,750
Jennifer Hunt
Lead zookeeper, Habitat Africa! (Savanna), Regenstein Wolf Woods, Brookfield Zoo
$48,000
Ted A. Beattie
President and CEO, Shedd Aquarium         
$464,848
Veterinarian
North Side clinic
$50,000 to $75,000
Steven Heard
Moo & Oink poultry department
$10,192
(based on $7/hour, 26 to 30 hours/week)
Tuna
Feline actress (fee: $800 a day), Amazing Animals by Samantha
$533
(value of 104 cans of tuna, 52 cans of salmon, 26 containers of Pounce cat treats, 12 catnip mice, 6 feather wands, and health insurance)

Soul people

Funeral director
First year of licensure
$59,334
Bill Hybels
Senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
$115,000
Susan B. W. Johnson
Senior minister, Hyde Park Union Church
$72,381
Alan Taylor
Minister, Unity Temple, Oak Park
$65,000
Priest
Archdiocese of Chicago
$25,000
(plus room, board, meals, health insurance, car insurance)
Hearse driver
Four years’ experience
$46,749

Stock options

Brad Aubuchon
Stockbroker, NYTC LLC
$1.13 million
Stockhandler
Chicago Public Library
$21,770

Jobs that still make house calls

Swimming pool salesman
American Sales
$30,000
Pizza deliveryman
Aurelio’s Pizza
$27,820
(based on $500 to $570/week)
James Casara
Handyman
$41,600
(based on $20/hour)

Power players

Electrician
Local 134, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$73,112
(based on $35.15/hour)
John Carson
Project consultant, LTK Engineering Services
$102,000
John W. Rowe
CEO, Exelon Corp.
$11.5 million
(Source: Forbes)

Jobs you can’t miss

Bagpiper
Chicago Stockyard Kilty Band
$150/visit; $200/visit on St. Patrick’s Day or New Year’s Eve
Jun Cameron
Drummer, Michigan Avenue
$25 to $150/day
Errol Ragsdale
Street solicitor, Save the Children
$8/hour plus commission
Vehicle booter
City of Chicago Department of Revenue
$52,728
(based on $25.35/hour)

Educators

Bonnie Muran
First-year third grade public school teacher, Grayslake
$39,143
James L. Madara
Dean of the biological sciences and vice president for medical affairs, University of Chicago
$758,940
Third-year teacher at a North Side Catholic school
Chicago
$26,845
Keith Majeske
12th-year English teacher, Morgan Park High School
$60,226
Henry S. Bienen
President, Northwestern University
$593,250
Don Randel
President, University of Chicago
$501,714
Randy Walker
Football coach, Northwestern University
$516,833
Dipak C. Jain
Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
$754,986
Kerensa Peterson
Adjunct professor, City Colleges of Chicago
$7,488

 

Antonio Micheletti
Private Italian tutor
$14,040
(based on $30/hour, 9 hrs/week)
Teaching assistant
Northwestern University
$18,000
(teaching fellowship)
Brian Gillis
Ph.D candidate in political science, University of Chicago
$30,000
($24,000 fellowship, plus $6,000 for admissions test prep tutoring for The Princeton Review)
Self-employed chess teacher
$40,000

A butcher, a baker, a candle-stick maker

Stefan Zajczenko
Butcher, Dorfler’s Meat Market
$35,000
Gracie Gamero
Baker, Medici
$32,000
Brad ZasAda
Candlestick maker, Melting Point
$18,720
(based on $9/hour)

Union workers

Plumber
Local 130, Chicago Journeymen Plumbers
$79,872
(based on $38.40/hour)
Carpenter
Local 181, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
$73,465
(based on $35.32/hour)
Bricklayer
Local 21, United Order of American Bricklayers and Stone Masons
$69,160
(based on $33.25/hour)

Nose jobs

Freelance perfumer
Major department store
$25,000
Theresa Montana
Florist, City Scents
$125,000
Dana Hammett
Florist’s employee, Cattails
$18,720
(based on $9/hour)
Garbage truck driver
Waste Management
$60,000 to $80,000
Sewer worker
Chicago Department of Water Management
$62,712
(based on $30.15/hour)
Salesclerk
Bath & Body Works
$16,640
(based on $8/hour)
Leonel Lopez
Cashier, Dunkin Donuts
$14,040
(based on $6.75/hour)

Old economy

Seth Zurer
Travel agent, Select Italy
$35,000
Riley Johnson
Shoe shiner, Cell Block
$2,600
(based on $5/hour, one 4-hour shift/week, $30/night in tips)

 

Tina Alfaro
Stenographer, Victoria Court Reporting
$175,000
Stenographer
Cook County state’s attorney’s office
$27,346
Neil Massey
Sword maker, Rogue Steel
$30,000 to $35,000
Kevin Statz
Jouster
$500/weekend
Kelley Rutherford
Personal companion
$25/hour
Steve Kazmier
Typewriter repairman, Independence Business Machines
$60,000

New economy

Software engineer
Online travel Web site
$140,000
Jessa Crispin
E-zine editor (Bookslut.com)/freelance writer
$35,000
Roy Shay
Party DJ
$6,000
(based on $200 to $800/month)
Information technology worker
Entry level
$50,000

People behind the people

Executive assistant
Five years’ experience, Lakeshore Staffing
$80,000 to $100,000
Executive assistant to CEO
Lakeshore Staffing
$120,000
Receptionist
Lakeshore Staffing
$28,500
Maid
$24,000 to $43,000
Kristin Thompson
Teacher, Gymboree Play & Music
$24,000

 

Katherine Raz
Dog walker, Danny’s Dog Walkers
$26,000
(based on $400 to $600/week)
Personal shopper
Major department store
$110,000
Personal trainer
Oak Brook Park District
$18 to $25/hour
Aerobics instructor
Oak Brook Park District
$11,648
(based on $28/class, 8 classes/week)
Bridget Walsh Sebek
18-year-old babysitter
$10/hour

Caring a lot

Cassandra Firkins
Foster care case manager supervisor, Little City Foundation
$41,500
Registered Nurse
General practitioner’s office
$40,000
Policy analyst
Public health nonprofit
$40,000
Nurse
Private specialty practice, four to five years’ experience
$60,000
Dr. Mark Macumber
Family physician and founder of Patients First, a practice dedicated to affordable health care
$17,000
Kathleen Belan
Psychotherapist, Challenge Healthcare Corp.
$58,000
Senior policy analyst
Public health nonprofit
$50,000
Office manager
Nonprofit
$30,000

Mayoral suite

Richard M. Daley
Mayor, Chicago
$216,210
Adrienne Hiegel
Assistant to the mayor, Chicago
$124,440
Frank Van Buer
Mayor, DeKalb
$25,000
Joyce Stupegia
Village president, Villa Park
$4,400

Our taxes at work

Richard Mell
33rd Ward alderman, Chicago
$98,125
Rod Blagojevich
Governor of Illinois and Mell’s son-in-law
$150,691
Judy Baar Topinka
State treasurer of Illinois and gubernatorial candidate
$115,235

Michael Madigan
Illinois legislator, 22nd District, Speaker of the House

$81,007
Lisa Madigan
Illinois attorney general and daughter of the Speaker
$132,963

John H. Stroger Jr.
President, Cook County Board of Commissioners

$170,000
Forrest Claypool
Cook County commissioner
$85,000
Patrick Quinn
Lieutenant governor of Illinois
$115,235

Jan Schakowsky
U.S. representative, 9th District of Illinois

$165,200
Barack Obama
U.S. senator from Illinois
$165,200
Dennis Hastert
U.S. representative, 14th District of Illinois, Speaker of the House
$212,100

Donald Rumsfeld
U.S. secretary of defense

$183,100
Emil Jones Jr.
Illinois senator, senate president
$81,007
Frank Watson
Illinois senator, senate minority leader
$81,007

Tom Cross
Illinois representative, House minority leader

$81,007
Nancy Majeske
Postal clerk
$42,630
James Laski
Former city clerk; resigned in February after indictment
$133,545

Cortez Trotter
Chicago fire commissioner

$164,100
Firefighter
First year, Chicago
$40,416
Philip Cline
Chicago police superintendent
$182,016

Police officer
First year, Chicago

$42,258
Police sergeant
Chicago
$75,102
(median salary)
Paul Volpe
Budget director, City of Chicago
$148,476

Dorothy Eng
Executive director, Board of Ethics, City of Chicago

$106,980
Traffic signal repairman
Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation
$72,696
Library page
Chicago Public Library
$16,640
(based on $8/hour)
Hydrant inspector
Department of Water Management, Chicago
$82,416

Top dollars
(pay for fiscal 2004; source: Forbes)

Glenn F. Tilton
CEO, UAL Corporation
$1.2 million
Alan J. Lacy
CEO, Sears Holdings
$1.5 million
James A. Bell
CEO, The Boeing Company
$1.6 million
Miles D. White
CEO, Abbott Laboratories
$4.4 million
Edward J. Zander
CEO, Motorola
$6.5 million
Edward M. Liddy
CEO, Allstate
$26.7 million
W. James Farrell
CEO, Illinois Tool Works
$32.6 million

 

 

 

THE BONUS ROUND
Some people get a fruitcake; others get 396 percent of their annual income. We scoured SEC filings and other sources to find out what a few bigwigs made in bonuses.

WHO
IRENE ROSENFELD
CEO,
Kraft Foods
TED LILLY
Starting pitcher,
Chicago Cubs
KEVIN BENSON
President and CEO,
Laidlaw International**
RONALD TAYLOR
CEO,
DeVry Inc.
BRIAN GAMACHE
CEO,
WMS Industries***
TOTAL PAY
$6.45 million* (2006)
$9 million (2007)
$1.89 million
$1.71 million
$1.23 million
BASE SALARY
$1.3 million
$5 million
$663,667
$900,000
$737,500
BONUS
$5.15 million
$4 million
$1.23 million
$810,113
$493,670
BONUS AS PERCENTAGE OF SALARY
396
80
185
90
67
BONUS IN NUMBER OF …
16-slice packages of Kraft American Singles:
1,122,004
16-ounce cups of Old Style at Wrigley Field:
727,273
Roundtrip Greyhound bus tickets between Chicago and Milwaukee:
51,250
Semesters (tuition only) at DeVry University’s Illinois campuses:
131
25-cent plays on a Hot Hot Super Jackpot slot machine:
1,974,680

 
* Does not include award of restricted stock worth between $3.1 million and $8.8 million. (Additional source: Chicago Tribune) (Additional sources: Chicago Tribune, sportsline.cnn.com) **Naperville-based holding company for Greyhound bus lines   ***Waukegan-based gaming company. (Additional source: Daily Herald)

 

 

 

THEN AND NOW
Forty years ago, a Daley helmed City Hall (Richard J.), a pro sports franchise finished the regular season first in the regular season first in its league (the Blackhawks), and teacherse eked by on a slender income ($6,000). To see how things have changed, we took a look at a few salaries over time.

 
1967
IN TODAY’S DOLLARS*
INFLATION-ADJUSTED INCOME
TODAY
Median U.S. wage for women
$2,296
$13,852
70%
$23,546
(2005 - most recent year available)
Median U.S. wage for men
$5,974
$36,059
-3%
$34,926
(2005 - most recent year available)
Average major league baseball player
$19,000
(Source: usatoday.com)
$114,683
2,254%
$2,699,292
(White Sox player Joe Crede came the closest locally at $2.68 million in 2006; he’ll make $4.94 million in 2007)
(Source: sportsline.com)
Evanston District 65 teacher
$6,000
$36,216
89%
$68,571
Brian Stone, business education teacher, Evanston Township High School
Average faculty member, Northwestern University
$13,899
(Source: Time)
$83,893
38%
$115,800**
Entry-level nurse 
$6,500**
$39,234
22%
$48,048
Chicago Department of Health
Entry-level police officer, Chicago Police Department
$6,792**
$40,996
5%
$43,104
Director of a City of Chicago mental health center
$11,364**
$68,592
1%
$69,168
John M. Fusco
Entry-level librarian
$7,000**
$42,252
-1%
$41,688
Chicago Public Library
Evanston mayor
$3,600**
$21,729
-22%
$17,000**
Lorraine Morton
(2005 - most recent year available)
Average entry-level college grad with a degree in science or engineering
$8,400**
$50,702
-27%
$37,000
Stephanie McNee, cognitive science research assistant, University of Chicago
*Adjusted to 2006 rate using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index.
**Source: Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

PUNCHING IN
It’s been some time since most multimillionaires laid eyes on a timecard-or saw a nine-to-five workday, for that matter-but in an effort to wrap our heads around the salaries of a few folks hauling down the big bucks, we broke down their paychecks into hourly wages, based on a 40-hour workweek.

Median hourly wage of a U.S. worker: $18.62 (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
WHO
OPRAH WINFREY
Chairman,
Harpo Inc.
EDWARD J. ZANDER
CEO,
Motorola
W. JAMES McNERNEY JR.
CEO,
Boeing Company
PAUL B. MULHOLLEM
President and CEO,
Archer Daniels Midland
BRENDA C. BARNES
CEO,
Sara Lee
CRAIG P. OMTVEDT
Senior vice president and CFO,
Fortune Brands
DAVID B. VERMYLEN
President and COO,
Treehouse Foods
MICHAEL G. STEIN
Executive vice president,
Corus Bank N.A.
SALARY (2006)
Approx. $225 million*
$4.87 million**
$3.57 million**
$1.67 million***
(retired)
$1.43 million**
$555,000***
$$555,000***
$275,000***
HOURLY WAGE
$108,173
$2,341
$1,716
$803
$688
$267
$240
$132
*Source: Forbes. ***Source: Chicago Tribune. ***Source: Crain’s Chicago Business 2007 Book of Lists

 

 

 

HEAD TO HEAD
We pitted several Chicagoans one-on-one against each other to measure performance-of a sort.
 
CEDRIC BENSON
Running back, Chicago Bears
Salary: $5.67 million*
Dollars per yard rushed
(2006 season):

$8,764
THOMAS JONES
Running back, Chicago Bears
Salary: $1.85 million*
Dollars per yard rushed
(2006 season):

$344
 
BEN GORDON
Guard, Chicago Bulls
Salary: $3.86 million*
Dollars per point scored
(2005-06 season):

$2,861
KIRK HINRICH
Guard, Chicago Bulls
Salary: $3.19 million*
Dollars per point scored
(2005-06 season):

$2,484
 
JOHN W. McCARTER JR.
President and trustee, Field Museum
Salary (2005): $434,534
Pay per visitor (2005):
33 cents
DAVID MOSENA
President, Museum of Science and Industry
Salary (2005): $371,392
Pay per visitor (2005):
21 cents
 
HENRY S. BIENEN
President, Northwestern University
Salary (2006-07): $650,500**
Dollars per undergraduate student enrolled (fall 2006):
$82 
SYLVIA MANNING
Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Salary (2006-07): $321,000**
Dollars per undergraduate student enrolled (fall 2006):
$21 
 
GARY CATALANI
Superintendent, Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton
Salary (2005-06): $380,227***
Pay per student:
$27
GARY CATALANI
CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Salary (2005-06): $208,316***
Pay per student:
49 cents
 

 

 

 

LOSER WINS?
Charting success versus salaries for leaders of Chicago teams shows you don’t always get what you pay for.

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Ridings, 22
$200,000
Pierre Colorado, 37
$160,000
Renee Delemore, 41
$45,000
Model, Elite Chicago
Hours per week:
24 to 32
Time at current job: Three years with Elite
Annual vacation allotment: About two weeks (in August, modeling’s off-season)
First job: Waitressing in Rockford, age 15, $5.15 an hour, plus tips
Fantasy job: “I always kind of wanted to be on CNN. Or something artistic. Or working at a magazine.”
Creative director, Blake Standard clothing design
Hours per week: 55
Time at current job: One and a half years
Annual vacation allotment: Three to four weeks
First job: Assistant designer for a women’s clothing company, age 22, $24,000 a year
Fantasy job: “Historian-seriously”
Meter reader, ComEd
Hours per week: 40 on average, occasionally 48
Time at current job: 16 years
Annual vacation allotment: 24 days
First job: Salesclerk for a clothing boutique, age 18, $3.35 an hour (the minimum wage)
Fantasy job: Home remodeling

 

 

 

Julie Michaels, 34
$60,000
Bert Gieseman, 51
$42,000
Ryan Tsang, 24
$61,000
Dog groomer, Barking Lot
Hours per week:
72 on average
Time at current job: One year
Annual vacation allotment: One week
First job: Dog bather, age 16, $6 an hour
Fantasy job: Veterinarian
Self-employed entertainment lawyer
Hours per week: “Not enough”
Time at current job: Two and a half years
Annual vacation allotment: None
Other job: “Musician, but it doesn’t pay.”
First job: Paperboy, age 11, $12 a month
Fantasy job: Buddhist monk or professional surfer
Web application developer/analyst, Technology Services Group
Hours per week:
40
Time at current job: One year and seven months
Annual vacation allotment: Two weeks, plus comp time for overtime hours
First job: Clerk at health foods store, age 14, $6.25 an hour
Fantasy job: Geneticist

 

 

 

Emmett Miller, 45
$105,000
Melinda Rodriguez, 34
$300,000
Shivani Saigal, 26
$50,000
Magician/CEO, Windy City Wizard Productions
Hours per week:
40 to 50

Time at current job: First paid gig was 31 years ago; full-time for about five years
Annual vacation allotment: 30 days, usually a working vacation
Other jobs: Father and husband (“I have a colorful past: I’ve been everything from a social worker to a network engineer.")
First paid magic show: age 14, $50; first hourly job: theatre usher, age 16, $3.50 an hour
Fantasy job: Insurance or real estate
Owner/master stylist, Roque Salon
Hours per week:
50 to 60
Time at current job: Six years in August
Annual vacation allotment: About three weeks
Other job: Owner of The Lashe Spot, a mini-salon specializing in eyelash extensions
First job: Apprenticeship at Vidal Sassoon, age 19, $4 an hour
Fantasy job: “If I couldn’t do hair, I would be teaching, in fashion design, or I’d own another business.”
Art and marketing specialist, ColorBurst,
a screen-printing company
Hours per week:
40
Time at current job: Three years
Annual vacation allotment: Three weeks
Other job: Graphic designer/owner of Envision Eight, a graphic and Web design firm (earning about $20,000 for 15 to 20 hours a week)
First job: Perfume sales associate in a mall, age 17, $7 an hour plus commission
Fantasy job: “I don’t see myself doing anything besides graphic art.”

 

 

 

Cinda K. Lester, 33
$45,000
Lon Thomas, 50
$40,000
Mariah Sheriff, 22
$40,405*
Architect, 12/12 Architects & Planners
Hours per week:
30
Time at current job: Three years and eight months
Annual vacation allotment: Four weeks
Other job: Instructor of computer-aided design and interior design at Westwood College’s DuPage campus (making $32,000 for 25 hours a week)
First job: Planner for Illinois Tollway, age 22, $10 an hour
Fantasy job: Kindergarten teacher
Handyman/owner, Ask Lon!, a handyman-for-hire business
Hours per week:
40-plus
Time at current job: 16 months (after 20 years in the health care industry)
Annual vacation allotment: “My goal is two weeks.”
First job: Gas station attendant, age 13 or 14, $2.25 an hour
Fantasy job: “I have a permanent smile slapped across my face; I’m doing exactly what I love.”

Middle-school teacher at Ariel Community Academy, a Chicago public school
Hours per week:
40
Time at current job: Eight months
Annual vacation allotment: 12 weeks
First job: Receptionist at doctor’s office, age 16, $8.50 an hour
Fantasy job: College professor

*includes grant for Teach for America

 

 

 

Jim Matson, 61
$0
Michael Tootelian, 49
$150,000
Miss Foozie, 48
$23,500
Zen Buddhist priest, Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago
Hours per week:
Ten
Time at current job: Four years
Annual vacation allotment: None-he volunteers
Other job: Owner of Chicago Railroad Supply, a Bridgeview-based company that sells equipment to railroads
First job: Golf caddy, age 15, $5 for 18 holes
Fantasy job: College professor
Personal trainer/owner, 1 on 1 Fitness Training
Hours per week: 15 to 20
Time at current job: Opened own studio 18 months ago; in the business 20-plus years
Annual vacation allotment: Whatever he wants, usually two to four weeks
Other job: Real-estate broker
First job: Burger King employee, age 15, $2 an hour
Fantasy job: Real-estate builder
Self-employed female impersonator
Hours per week:
Six on average
Time at current job: Ten years
Annual vacation allotment: Miss Foozie takes working vacations roughly every other month to cities including New York and Washington, D.C.
Other job: Miss Foozie’s alter ego works full-time at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
First paid gig: The weekly stage show Miss Foozie and Her Floozies, age 37, $30 per show
Fantasy job: To be Miss Foozie full-time

Reasearch by Megan Lovejoy, Alexis Mattera, Carrie Napolilli, Nora O’Donnell, Corina Quinn, Brendan Shea, Pauline Shih, Brigid Sweeney, and Jennifer Wehunt

Photography by Kevin Banna. Photo assistant: Steve Rischow, Digital tech: Mike Shimer, Styling: Leslie Pace, Hair and makeup: Angela Brasington, Hair and makeup (Holly only): Cindy Adams/Elite Chicago

 

 

 

Some people rake it in. Others eke by. And lots of people fall somewhere in between. Presenting a peek inside the paychecks of more than 250 Chicagoans, from athlete to Zen Buddhist priest, exterminator to lifesaver, fat cat to publicity hound. And, of course: Oprah
Edited by Jennifer Wehunt

 

Ask someone about his job, and you’re likely to get an earful. But ask him about his salary, and he’ll probably clam up faster than Jeremy Piven sidestepping questions about his recent flap with his pal John Cusack. (Piven wouldn’t tell us what he makes, either.) Still, we did find plenty of other Chicagoans willing to fess up when we asked them about their pay.

Among our findings were some eyebrow-raising couplings: A West Town bartender made more dough than an up-and-coming Bucktown restaurant owner. One hairdresser came up significantly short compared with a local dog groomer. The former head of the Greater Chicago Food Deposi-tory edged out Mayor Daley. And apparently the glass ceiling transcends technicalities: a well-known female impersonator earned way less than a male adult-film actor. Then there was the completely predictable: once again, no one raked in more than Oprah.

In assembling this report, we conducted personal interviews, tracked down public records, and pored over published articles (we cite the articles). Some sources requested anonymity, but every entry in this survey denotes an actual person, and all figures represent 2006 pay unless otherwise noted. For those who keep nontraditional work schedules, such as a freelance puppet builder and a romance novelist, we asked for explanations of how they calculate their income. And some on this list who eke out a pittance-think musicians and artists-may have other ways of making ends meet beyond what we include. Others may not.

Oh, and though we were snubbed by Piven, we did turn up his mother’s pay stub. Find it, and the wages of more than 250 other Chicagoans and suburbanites, in our salary survey.

TASTEMAKERS
 

Melissa Turner
Fashion czar (director of fashion arts and events), Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

$50,000

Joseph Mapes
Sales manager, Balani Custom Clothiers

$30,000
plus commission

Kalinda Piper
Salesclerk, Fashion Tomato

$11,700
(25 to 30 hours a week)
NOISEMAKERS
 

Mark Valenti
Concert pianist

$54,437*

Bryan Y. Schulz
Freelance music teacher, Bryan Y. Schulz Studios

$20,000
(15 hours per week)

Nick Wright
Musician/record label owner, Mission Label

$32,000

Jay Congdon
Event DJ/president, Fourth Estate Audio

$120,000

Ed Gadberry
Trombonist/drummer/vocalist/keyboardist with Dime A Dozen, a blues-rock cover band

$1,500

Vicente Perez
Car-alarm installer/owner, SouthSide Vic’s Kustoms

Approx.  $85,000
NEWSMAKERS
 

Daniel J. Schmidt
CEO, WTTW Channel 11

$332,465*

Torey Malatia
President and general manager, WBEZ 91.5 FM/Chicago Public Radio

$160,124*

Reporter with three years’ employment
Chicago Sun-Times

$42,000

Art director
Chicago Free Press

$32,000

Section editor
Red Eye

$45,000

Fouzia Najar
Resource development coordinator, Community TV Network

$12,480
(part-time)

Average vendor, Streetwise
(sells between 40 and 50 papers a week)

Approx. $1,521

Super seller, Streetwise
(sells between 200 and 400 papers a week)

Approx. $10,140
STAR GAZERS
 

Bert Gieseman
Self-employed entertainment lawyer

$42,000

Larry Ciupik
Astronomer, Adler Planetarium

$80,065*
THE AIR UP THERE (Radio personalities who make more than $1 million; source: Robert Feder, Chicago Sun-Times)

Spike O’Dell
Morning host, WGN 720 AM

 

Ed Volkman  (“Eddie")
Morning host, WBBM 96.3 FM

 

Joe Bohannon (“JoBo")
Morning host, WBBM 96.3 FM

 

Jonathon Brandmeier (“Johnny B.")
Morning host, WLUP 97.9 FM

 

Eric Ferguson
Morning host, WTMX 101.9 FM

 

Mike North
Morning host, WSCR 670 AM

 

Roe Conn
Afternoon host, WLS 890 AM

 

Steve Dahl
Afternoon host, WCKG 105.9 FM

 
HIGH SPIRITS
 

Sommelier
Upscale Streeterville restaurant

$110,000

Nicole Alexander
Bartender, Five Star Bar & Grill

$46,000

Nazario Odeste
Nightclub promoter, Entice Chicago

$35,000

Bouncer
Lion Head Pub

$22,230

Beer promoter
Major American label

$12,480

Bar-back
Humboldt Park bar

$7,000
(all from gratuities; working one night per week)
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
 

Lowest-paid mover
Burrows Moving Company

$13,000
($10 an hour, 25 hours per week)

Highest-paid mover
Burrows Moving Company

$35,360
($17 an hour, 40 hours per week)

Calvin Kitten
Dancer, Joffrey Ballet

$65,115*
STAGE HANDS
 

Gail Rastorfer
Actor (theatre, commercials/part-time administrative position at Acting Studio Chicago)

$39,000*

Jim Vincent
Artistic director, Hubbard Street Dance Company

$154,154*

Keith Prisco
Master carpenter, Joffrey Ballet

$70,200*

Meredith Miller
Puppet designer and builder

Approx.  $25,000

Michael C. Reynolds
Master electrician, Lyric Opera of Chicago

$160,315*

Adriana Wolfer
Program director, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

$63,048

Brian Pudil
Artistic director, Shattered Globe Theatre

$4,000

Joyce Piven
Artistic director, Piven Theatre Workshop

$48,369*

Thrisa Hodits
Freelance director

$500
(for most recent show, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company’s H.M.S. Pinafore  at Mandel Hall)

Rachael Mason
Training center director, iO (formerly improvOlympic) Chicago Theater

Approx.  $35,000
THE FOOD CHAIN
 

Thelma Cura
Nutritionist, Chicago Department of Public Health

$63,120

Stephanie Izard
Owner and executive chef, Scylla

$45,000

Sous-chef
Two-star restaurant in River North

$42,400

Head baker
Lincoln Park bakery and sweet shop

$33,488

Sara Salzinski
Chef/instructor/developer of curriculum and recipes, The Chopping Block

$32,760

Line cook
Quince at The Homestead   

$24,000

Cashier
Whole Foods

Approx.  $18,720
NOW, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT
 
Ricky Sinz
Adult-film actor, model, and co-owner of holeandaheartbeat.com, an adult Web site
$570,000

Michelle L’amour
Burlesque performer/instructor/ choreographer/producer, The Lavender Cabaret

$40,000
STARVING ARTISTS
 

Coya Paz
Coñartistic director, Teatro Luna

$0

Adam Kline
Aspiring screenwriter and former senior copywriter

$0
THE WELL PLANNED
 

Civil design engineer
Co-director, area engineering firm

$125,000

Molly Gallagher
Personal assistant, Gal Friday Chicago

$83,000

Kathy Speers
First-year wedding planner, KJS Weddings

Approx.  $30,000
HIGH SOCIETY
 

Nafees Ahmed
Deputy commissioner of finance, Chicago Department of Aviation

$108,060

Kathleen Davis
Window washer, Chicago Department of Aviation

$37,152

Richard Rucker
Elevator inspector, Chicago Department of Buildings

$95,347
VISUAL AIDES
 

Elizabeth Smith
Chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art

$150,000*

Ces·reo Moreno
Visual arts director, National Museum of Mexican Art

$67,300*

Douglas Druick
Prince Trust curator, Art Institute of Chicago

$176,065*

Gabe Lanza
Artist, Lanza Studio

$40,000
TOP REASONS WHY CHICAGO SPORTS TICKETS ARE SO PRICEY (Chicago’s Highest-Paid Athletes)
 

1. Alfonso Soriano
Outfielder, Chicago Cubs

$17 million
($9 million salary plus $8 million signing bonus)
(Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

2. Ben Wallace
Center, Chicago Bulls

$16 million
(Source: sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

3. Aramis Ramirez
Third baseman, Chicago Cubs

$14.6 million
(Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

4. Jim Thome
Designated hitter, Chicago White Sox

$14 million
(Source: sports.espn.go.com)

5. Javier Vazquez
Pitcher, Chicago White Sox

$12.5 million
(Source: sports.espn.go.com)

6. Carlos Zambrano
Pitcher, Chicago Cubs

$12.4 million
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

7. Paul Konerko
First baseman, Chicago White Sox

$12 million
(Source: sports.espn.go.com)

8. Kirk Hinrich
Guard, Chicago Bulls

$11.42 million
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

9. Jon Garland
Pitcher, Chicago White Sox

$10 million
(Source: Daily Herald)

10. Mark Buehrle
Pitcher, Chicago White Sox

$9.5 million
(Source: Daily Herald)
UTILITY PLAYERS
 

Renee Delemore
Meter reader, ComEd

$45,000

John Scumaci
Water rate taker, Chicago Department of Water Management

$49,980
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME (Except as noted, all figures are for current or most recent season.)
 

Staley Da Bear
Mascot, Chicago Bears

Mid-$30,000s
plus commission for nongame appearances

Rex Grossman
Quarterback, Chicago Bears

$469,290
(Source: msn.foxsports.com)

Brian Griese
Backup quarterback, Chicago Bears

$3.67 million
(Source: msn.foxsports.com)

Tank Johnson
Defensive tackle, Chicago Bears

$406,460
(Source: msn.foxsports.com)

Brian Urlacher
Linebacker, Chicago Bears

$4.3 million
(Source: msn.foxsports.com)

Muhsin Muhammad
Wide receiver, Chicago Bears

$9.34 million
(Source: msn.foxsports.com)

Nikolai Khabibulin
Goalie, Chicago Blackhawks

$6.75 million
(Source: chicagoblackhawks.com)

Kyle Calder
Left wing, Chicago Blackhawks

$2.95 million
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

Peter Bondra
Right wing, Chicago Blackhawks

$500,000
plus bonuses
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

Chris Duhon
Guard, Chicago Bulls

$3.02 million
(Source: sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

Lou Piniella
Manager, Chicago Cubs

$3.5 million
(Source: New York Daily News)

Mark DeRosa
Infielder, Chicago Cubs

Approx.  $4.3 million
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

Jason Marquis
Starting pitcher, Chicago Cubs

$4.75 million
(Source: espn.com)

Kerry Wood
Pitcher, Chicago Cubs

$1.75 million
(does not include more than $6 million in performance incentives) (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Scott Podsednik
Outfielder, Chicago White Sox

$2.9 million
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

Mike MacDougal
Relief pitcher, Chicago White Sox

$6.45 million
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

Jose Contreras
Pitcher, Chicago White Sox

$9 million
(Source: Daily Herald)

Ross Gload
Outfielder/first baseman, Chicago White Sox

$625,000
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

Highest-paid player
Chicago Sky, one-year-old WNBA team

$93,000

Lowest-paid player
Chicago Rockstars, first-year American Basketball Association team

$3,800
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

Senior yoga and pilates instructor
Flow Studio Pilates and Yoga

$80,500

Ron Kucera
President, Skokie Indians, Little League baseball team

$0*

Michael J. Klonoski
President, Butler National Golf Club

$0*
DALEY BREAD
 

Richard M. Daley
Mayor of Chicago

$216,210

Jacquelyn Heard
Mayor’s press secretary

$156,444

Joan Coogan
Assistant to the mayor

$111,900
EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE
 

John Blaul
Assistant superintendent of maps, Chicago Department of Transportation

$75,888

Joe Moore
Alderman, 49th ward

$98,125

Michael Dickinson
Firefighter, Naperville Fire Department

$74,963
TOUR GUIDES
 

Dorothy Coyle
Director of tourism, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

$98,832*

Bert Vescolani
Vice president of education, Shedd Aquarium

$150,602*

Alexis Presseau
Campus tour guide, DePaul University

$2,500

Lynn Osmond
President and CEO, Chicago Architecture Foundation

$215,000*

Docent
Chicago Architecture Foundation

$0
DEATH AND TAXES
 

Second-year funeral
director/embalmer North Side funeral home

 $68,000

Rod Blagojevich
Governor of Illinois

$150,691

Pat Quinn
Illinois lieutenant governor

$115,235

Lisa Madigan
Illinois attorney general

$132,963

Jesse White
Illinois secretary of state

$132,963

Alexi Giannoulias
Illinois state treasurer

$115,235

A. George Pradel
Naperville mayor (part-time)

$21,600
plus $5,400 to serve as city liquor commissioner

Bobbie Steele
President, Cook County Board of Commissioners, retired

$56,666
for four months (plus $136,000 pension in 2007)
(Source: Sun-Times)

William Bell
Chief, Oak Park Fire Department

$115,033

Marilyn Elder
Sanitation laborer, Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation

$56,826

John Eberhardt
Wastewater maintenance field supervisor, Naperville Public Utilities Department

$62,152

Richard Figiel
Machinist, Chicago Department of Water Management

$76,731

Annette Amelkovich
Recycling coordinator, Oak Park Department of Public Works

$16,224

Tong Tran
Deputy chief administrative officer, Chicago Board of Election Commissioners

$112,152
LAW AND ORDER
 

Philip Cline
Superintendent, Chicago Police Department

$182,016

Vincent Gortner
Lieutenant, Naperville Police Department

$105,383

Julie Schwerdtner
Sergeant, Oak Park Police Department

$78,483

James Gillingham
Law clerk for the Hon. Judge Martin S. Agran, Cook County

$38,916

Assistant public defender (level 2)
Office of the Cook County Public Defender

$44,974

Ronald Mohammed
Paralegal, Chicago Department of Law

$57,444

Margo Ely
Attorney, Naperville Legal Department

$127,244

Joshua Martin
Lawyer/partner, J. M. Martin & Associates

$125,000
CSI CHICAGO
 

Daniel Vasquez
Evidence technician, Chicago Police Department

$72,726

Percy Allen Jr.
Latent fingerprint examiner, Chicago Police Department

$75,258

Stephen Strzepek
Forensic investigator, Chicago Police Department

$94,188

Kelly McMullin
Explosives technician, Chicago Police Department

$88,356
THE ETHICISTS
 

Kay Argo
Compensation/benefits manager, Naperville Human Resources Department

$84,037

Briana Billingslea
Ethics investigator, Chicago Board of Ethics

$51,912

JoAnn Newsome
Director of human-rights compliance, Chicago Department of Human Relations

$85,908
NOT-FOR-PROFITEERS
 

Sam Blake
Program manager, Oprah Winfrey Foundations

$80,043*

Joseph Podlasek
Executive director,  American Indian Center

$54,957*

Michael Mulqueen
Former president and executive director, Greater Chicago Food Depository

$253,821*

Michael Halligan
Senior vice president of logistics and purchase programs, America’s Second Harvest

$144,235*

Linda Novick O’Keefe
Executive director, Common Threads, a nonprofit that teaches children about cooking, culture, and nutrition

$64,500

Rev. Sid Mohn
President, Heartland Alliance, a human-rights-focused social-service agency

$207,265*

Barry Axler
Executive director, Loretto Hospital Foundation

$100,000

John Sirek
Director of citizenship, Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation

$102,382*
PUBLICITY HOUNDS
 

Account supervisor
International public-relations and marketing firm

$64,000

President
Boutique public-relations and marketing firm

$125,000

Associate art director
International advertising agency

$35,000
FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS
 

Betty Tunstall
Blacksmith, Chicago Department of Fleet Management

$74,672

Elizabeth Riordan
Canine handler, Chicago Police Department

$78,072

Brian Dent
Chief veterinarian, Anti-Cruelty Society

$76,958*
AUTHORITY FIGURES
 

Frank Kruesi
President, Chicago Transit Authority

$197,750

Patrick Daly
Vice president of Security & Safety, Chicago Transit Authority

$145,673

David Reuter Jr.
Track welder, Chicago Transit Authority

$53,735

Michelle New
Red Line rapid transit operator, Chicago Transit Authority

$52,678

Eric Pickett
Bus operator, Chicago Transit Authority

$52,678

Gregory Magruder
Bus repairer, Chicago Transit Authority

$49,471
GREENS KEEPERS
 

Steve Kaliski
Floriculturist, Garfield Park Conservatory

$45,736

Stephanie Wynne
Tree trimmer, Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation

$56,826

Thankgod Omenazu
Supervising environmental engineer, Chicago Department of Environment

$85,908

Patti Sauntry
Assistant forester, Naperville Department of Public Works

$53,098
BRAINS AND BRAWN
 

Gloria Salas
Psychiatrist, Chicago Department of Health

$151,224

Michael Tootelian
Personal trainer/owner of 1 on 1 Fitness Training

$150,000
MIND MELDERS
 

William Gerstein
Former principal, School of Entrepreneurship at South Shore High School

$114,000

Zoila Garcia
Principal, Whittier Elementary School

$102,000

English teacher
Park Forest Academy (a private behavioral-disorder school)

$29,500

Tara Volbrecht
Self-employed tutor, A+ Tutoring Services

Approx.  $15,600
(averaging $35 an hour, 10 hours per week)

Mollie Godfrey
All-but-dissertation Ph.D candidate, University of Chicago

$13,000 stipend
(plus $4,500 for teaching, approx. $3,500 for an archiving job, and $3,000 as a research assistant)

Paula McQuade
Associate professor of English, DePaul University

$59,750

Ingrid Dorer Fitzpatrick
Academic dean, Latin School of Chicago

$90,900*

M. C. Roderick
President and director, National Merit Scholarship Corporation

$185,083*
HEALTH AND BEAUTY
 

Larry Goodman
President and CEO, Rush University Medical Center

$663,254*

Gwendolyn Moton
Operating room nurse, University of Chicago Hospitals

$215,820*

Staff nurse
North suburban hospital

$145,600

Saul Ayala
Communicable disease control investigator, Chicago Department of Health

$41,496

Karen Washington Jone
X-ray technologist, Chicago Department of Health

$49,980

Teresita Hogan
ER physician, Resurrection Medical Center

$244,014*

James Vasilakis
Physician, Swedish Covenant Hospital

$240,547*

Second-year internal medicine resident
West suburban hospital

$41,870

Jennifer R. Moran-Ferguson
Cosmetic dentist/owner, Water Tower Dental Care

$147,126
(practicing one day a week)

Wendy Jordan
Reiki master (reiki is a Japanese stress-relieving technique akin to massage), Wendy Jordan Reiki 

$20,000

Heather Pisano
Massage therapist, Beauty on Call

$40,000

Angela Hartman
Stylist/owner of Twisted Scissors salon

Approx.  $30,000
(not including gratuities)

Image consultant
The Image Studios

$46,000
CAN’T BUY ME LOVE?
 

Penny Dawn
Romance novelist

$1,200
(35 percent royalty on all sales)

Jaime Marie Stepp
Party host (also a model and actress), Jaime Stepp and Company

Approx.  $80,000
(depending on number of events)

De Kuan Xie
Foster grandparent, Chicago Department on Aging

$2,756
(20 hours per week)
HIRE LEARNING (Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education)
 

Warrick L. Carter
President, Columbia College Chicago

$348,159*

Anthony E. Jones
President, School of the Art Institute

$306,061*

Rev. Michael J. Garanzini
President, Loyola University Chicago

$0*
(undisclosed compensation is paid to the president’s religious order)

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider
President, DePaul University

$0*
(undisclosed compensation is paid to the president’s religious order)
SOUL PROPRIETORS
 

David Gwartney
Lead pastor, the Church of Wrigleyville

$57,600

Senior rabbi
Area synagogue

$170,000

Catholic priest
Inner-city parish associate pastor, Archdiocese of Chicago

$32,400
(plus room and board, car and health care allowances, and “stole fees” for weddings and funerals)

Godfrey J. Catanus
Associate pastor of student ministries, Northwest Filipino Baptist Church,  Elk Grove Village

$39,000
THE BOYS’ CLUB (Jordan’s 2006 salary, Forbes; all others, 2005, Chicago Tribune)
 

Timothy R. Schwertfeger
CEO, Nuveen Investmentsn

$6.32 million

Miles D. White
CEO, Abbott Laboratories

$4.78 million

Melvin J. Gordon
CEO, Tootsie Roll Industries

 $4.39 million

Gregory C. Case
CEO, Aon

$3.93 million

Robert W. Lane
CEO, Deere

$3.6 million

Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
CEO, Baxter International

$3.16 million

G. Allen Andreas
CEO, Archer Daniels Midland

$3.08 million

James W. Owens
CEO, Caterpillar

$2.57 million

Edward M. Liddy
CEO, Allstate

$1.82 million

Richard C. Vie
CEO, Unitrin

$1.61 million

Glenn F. Tilton
CEO, United Airlines

$1.12 million

Joe Mansueto
CEO, Morningstar

$107,022

Michael Jordan
Former athlete/endorser

$32 million (2006)
BEAN COUNTERS
 

Accounting manager
Small Skokie-based medical equipment distributor

$63,000

Global tax operations analyst
Accenture

$56,000

Account manager
CDW Corporation

Approx.  $50,000
(including commission)

Jonathan Wysaski
Self-employed S&P 500 options trader

$100,000, minimum

Manager/consultant
Insurance  consulting firm

$98,000
(plus bonus, 15 to 30 percent of salary)

Marine subrogation representative (claim handler, cargo division)
Insurance company

$42,000

Barista
Area Starbucks store

Approx. $16,562
(including gratuities; 30 to 35 hours per week)

Co-owner
Chicago-based coffee company

$78,000
TECH SUPPORT
 

Eric Kiander
Video game programmer, Midway Games

Approx.  $70,000

Steven Danan
PC technician, Abbott Laboratories

$32,000

Thomas Van Housen
Computer consultant/owner, PC/Mac Guru Ltd.

$60,000

Ryan Wolff
Flash designer/digital video editor and producer, Harmony Joyride Productions

$20,000
BOOKKEEPERS
 

Veronica Velez
Freelance QuickBooks guru

Approx. $14,950

Hector Hernandez
Librarian (level 4), Chicago Public Library

$75,264

Joshua Kotin
Editor, Chicago Review, a journal of poetry and fiction

$8,500

Robert Karrow
Curator of special collections and maps, Newberry Library

$73,950*
STOP AND GO TRAFFICKERS
 

Sabrina Guzman
Parking enforcement officer, Oak Park Department of Public Works

$16,318

Annette Stacey
Booter, Chicago Department of Revenue

$52,728

Jeffrey Weiner
Traffic engineer, Chicago Department of Emergency Management and Communications

$82,212

Debra Carolan
Crossing guard, Naperville Police Department

$6,725

Limo driver
Town & Country Limousines, Inc

$45,760
(including gratuities)

Cabdriver
City Service

$26,000
(including gratuities)
HIS AND HERS
 

First-year female veterinarian,
Lake View vet clinic

$65,000

and
First-year male veterinarian (and fiancé of vet above),
Lake View vet clinic

$63,000

Barack Obama
U.S. senator and author

 $154,047*
Senate salary plus $1.2 million partial payment on $1.9-million three-book deal

and
Michelle Obama
Vice president for community and external affairs, University of Chicago Hospitals

$316,962*
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

Casey Deja
Self-employed graphic designer

Approx.  $50,000

and
Peter R. Deja
Loan officer, Diversified Mortgage

$100,000

Airida and Valdas Judys
Florists/owners, SunFlowerGallery

$120,000
(combined)
HOUSEHOLD NAMES
 

John Maloof
Realtor, Century 21 Grande

$80,000
(down from $156,000 in 2005)

Daniel Deja
Real-estate sales agent, Cross County Realty

Approx.  $50,000

Ari Elliott
Realtor, Chicago Apartment Finders

$80,000

Landlord
Midsize apartment management company

$48,000
WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
 

Joseph F. Braun
Exterminator/manager, Rose Pest Solutions
(plus a bonus of up to $8,000)

$52,000

Gus Martinez
Carpenter/owner, All Affordable Construction

$70,000

Tim Ramey
Electrician/owner, T & R Electrical

$50,000

 

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