Over One Third Of Chicago City Employees Make Over $100K A Year


More than one of every three employees for the City of Chicago made at least $100,000 in 2016 according to a new analysis from the Chicago Sun-Times.

The report revealed that 13,767 of the city’s 35,274 employees pulled in six figures, making up over $1.7 billion of the city’s $3.1 billion payroll. The number of employees making six figures is up from the previous year, with 36 individuals making more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $216,210 paycheck.

The percentage of workers making six figures for the city is significantly higher than it is for Cook County or the state of Illinois. Of the county’s 25,158 employees, 2,918, or 11.6 percent, made at least $100,000. Of the state’s 65,535 employees, 8,640, or 13 percent, made at least $100,000 in 2016.

Ginger Evans, who serves as the aviation commissioner, tops the list with total pay of $400,000. The second highest paid employee is actually listed as an unidentified undercover police sergeant who is bringing in $261,442 per year.

The Sun-Times also highlights the fact that the seventh highest paid employee, retired police sergeant Donald Koplitz, made $252,482 in 2016 based on accumulated compensatory time. The Sun-Times reported that Koplitz has been retired for three years.

Most of the 36 employees that make more than Emanuel come from the police department and the fire department. While Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is the second highest paid employee by base salary, nine police officers under him made more than he did because of overtime pay and other benefits.

The average worker for the City of Chicago brings in $87,090 a year. The average police officer makes about $100,000 and the average pay to Fire Department employees is $117,046.

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