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.

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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

 

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