Fascinating Stats on City of Chicago Employee Pay

Ever wonder where all the money goes that the City of Chicago takes for running our lovely municipality? Recently elected Mayor Rahm Emmanuel took a bold step in transparency to post this one!

The reason for the skew towards $77k is that is about the pay for most of the employees who are police officers and firefighters. This appears to be a union-set wage, which doesn’t make sense, e.g. as a new police officer/firefighter makes just about as much (not much percentgae  difference in pay) as one that has been on the job for many years….and like all collective bargaining schemes there is no room for management to differentiate pay on performance let alone between competent vs. incompetent.

The reason for the sharp drop off at the bottom-right is that this includes part-time employees, interns and those that receive salaries for being foster parents, police cadets and others.

mean $73,829
median $77,238
mode $77,238
standard deviation $77,238
min $1
max $260,004

  • Estimated (mean) per capita income in 2009: $27,138
  • Estimated median household income in 2009: $45,734 (it was $38,625 in 2000)

It would really be interesting to see the Board of Education and teachers (not necessarily by name)!