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Whenever the CTA threatens to raise fares or cut service, like it's doing now, one of the most common questions riders ask is how much CTA employees make.

Here's a list of salaries for those front-line employees you see every day, based on information I requested from the CTA. Note: these are for new employees hired after Jan. 1, 2007.

Bus and rail operators, $34,240.96
Customer assistant, $33,633.60
Trackman, $29,105.44
Platform servicer, $18,720
Janitor, $29,105.44


As for management, here's what some of the CTA's top brass makes:

CTA President, $198,000
Chief of staff, $145,673.01
General counsel, $172,176.06
Chief engineer, $157,982.47
VP of transit operations, $154,543.58
Chief of customer communications, $69,500.02

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As for management, here's what some of the CTA's top brass makes:

CTA President, $198,000
Chief of staff, $145,673.01
General counsel, $172,176.06
Chief engineer, $157,982.47
VP of transit operations, $154,543.58

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Chief of customer communications, $69,500.02
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No wonder there is mass communications confusion when information should be dispense at a moments notice.

The cheif customer communicator is paid nearly less than half the salary as the next person up the management totem pole.
( We should all aplogize and pay our FARE share to offset this person's low salary ) Shame on you CTA riders.
Can you imagine how this person is going to feel when someone points this out? (as if they don't know it already)

Chief of Staff and Chief Engineer out to be ashamed of their largesse compared to the other chief, that just ain't right.

"Off with their heads", I say people!

Note: these are for new employees hired after Jan. 1, 2007
(Not bad pay for individuals who may hold only a high school diploma)

Review the link for individuals educating our children in their formative years and dechiper is there a disparity for someone who spends four years in college in contrast to someone who doesn't? (Remember teachers have to deal with school shootings, unruly students, uncaring parents until the child fails and other issues.

Average salaries (1-5-2008) - Take a look or do the research.
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/All_K-12_Teachers/Salary

NO, I am not an educator but a frequent rider of CTA with its horrid service. (Yes, I like teachers and no I don't like unruly CTA personnel)

Everyone has a right to make a living and not a killing. What I mean is just along someone bring something to the table, skills, in this case a CDL license and personality. What I me by a killing is someone who walks over anyone who gets in their way to get what they want. I feel that this is not the case here.

OK, fair enough, but what's the point? You can pay the CTA chief the same as a conductor if that's what makes you feel good, but what kind of executive talent would you attract? And too, I look at these salaries and my first impression is that in the public sector, the pay gap between the top and bottom of the org chart is not nearly as large as it is in the private sector. What is the gap between a daily newspaper's chief executive and the person who cleans the bathrooms?

Also mention one of the benfits is a company SUV that is take home. Unlike other city employees these people drive 20+ miles one way home to the burbs often for lunch, but hey, gas is cheap now so who cares?

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