Chicago Pays 4,000 City Employees Over $100K

Al Capone

That’s double the average city income. But that’s what administrator proliferation and union seniority and overtime rules get you.

While residents across Chicago continue to struggle facing a 10.3 percent unemployment rate and a median household income of $47,371, according to the 2010 U.S. Census the city of Chicago is paying 2,409 of its employees over $100,000 per year.

The city’s roughly $2.4 billion payroll includes over 32,000 police, firefighters, emergency responders, city council (aldermen and their staff), mayoral staff, water management staff, transportation, budget management, animal control, crossing guards, librarians, foster grandparents, etc., who are paid an average of $74,698.

The city payroll does not include school employees, 1,500 of whom also earn more than $100,000 a year.

The situation is really severe in the school system where the proliferation of administrators and MA’s leads to huge payrolls… for the children.

On Wednesday, Emanuel’s office released its Annual Financial Analysis for 2013, forecasting a “budget shortfall” of $330 million for 2014. Despite the “shortfall” and Moody’s recent triple downgrade of the city’s bond rating, the budget forecast estimates the city payroll will increase nearly $100 million for the next year.

Employees making over $100,000 a year account for $276,097,550 of the city’s annual expenses.

Welcome to Detroit. Coming to a city near you.


  • herb benty

    It takes a lot of money to turn some virtue into avarice. The sense of entitlement is the opposite of the sense of SERVING. Unions were started by commies because they knew, even then, what could be done to a country who was run by a large group whowere devoted to themselves instead of the people they SERVE.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The entire country is already a big Detroit and will go the way of Detroit as well.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “The entire country is already a big Detroit and will go the way of Detroit as well.”

      The only thing saving some cities is the fact that they have concentrations of industries that don’t have strong unions yet. Or in some cases the unions haven’t been able to destroy selected transportation hubs and ports.

      Without those few industries, it would be Detroit everywhere, and Detroit would have failed a long time ago. Add it all up and you have severe economic failure on a national level, which means on a global level as well.

      Yet few “college grads” today would understand the evidence if laid out before them.

      These loser occupy leaches want to eat the seeds of future harvests. And they get their way for the most part already. Now they want more.

  • SoCalMike

    OPM, the true opiate and poison of the masses, brought to you by state, local and federal government near you.
    You’re welcome.

  • Larry Larkin

    That may well be more people on over $100k than the entire Australian Federal Public Service, and our pay rates (and cost of living) are much, much higher than in the USA. Australian average wage is in the vicinity of $50k/pa