Money 2010

In this era of economic anxiety, the question of how your paycheck stacks up looms larger than ever. A shameless accounting of who’s making what — and how they’re spending it.


Margaret Marshall, chief justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court: $151,239

Daniel Ryan, chief probation officer, Massachusetts Trial Court: $102,947

Law clerk, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court: $55,446

Trial attorney,Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel: $98,957

Daniel Conley, district attorney, Suffolk County: $148,843

First-year associate, Ropes & Gray, $160,000

Paralegal downtown Boston firm: $50,000–$65,000

Professor, Harvard Law School: $252,450 (average salary)

Professor,Northeastern Law School: $162,775(average salary)

Peter St. Amand, superintendent, MCI Cedar Junction: $107,707

James DiPaola, sheriff, Middlesex County: $123,209

Public Service
John Kerry, U.S. senator: $174,000

Michael Capuano, U.S. Congressman: $174,000

Deval Patrick, governor: $140,535

Timothy P. Cahill, state treasurer: $130,916

Robert DeLeo, MassachusettsSpeaker of the House: $61,440

Toll collector, Massachusetts Turnpike: $64,060

Thomas Menino, mayor of Boston: $175,000

Michael Kineavy, chief of policy and planning, mayor’s office: $147,903

Edward Davis, commissioner,Boston PoliceDepartment: $179,096

Roderick Fraser, commissioner,Boston Fire Department: $179,096

John C. Lewis, chief operating officer, MBTA: $111,000

State trooper, Massachusetts Turnpike: $149,666

Police lieutenant, Boston Police Department: $148,293

Gravedigger, City of Boston: $39,545


  • Joseph

    I’m trying to figure out where the $150,000 figure for ‘Boston Police Officer’ came from in your recent Salary Survey. I’ve been with the BPD for over 4 years now and haven’t even come close to that figure. Sure, a Boston Police Officer does have an opportunity to work details or overtime shifts but there are times when those shifts are ordered on Officers’ days off (e.g. Holidays, festivals, sports championship parades, etc.) when the Officer would much rather be spending time with their family. Nonetheless, the starting base salary for an Officer is in the mid-fifties and an Officer with three years will earn just under 70K a year… For that same officer to earn the 150K you report, he/she would have to work the equivalent of over 300 eight-hour road details over the course of a year which would further equate to over 40 additional hours per week. Our salary is public knowledge, so don’t get me wrong, there are Officers who have earned additional income to provide for their famili

  • Joseph

    Our salary is public
    knowledge, so don’t get me wrong, there are Officers who have earned additional income to provide for their families, but to report it as if its
    commonplace perpetuates the animosity the media and public have for the
    hard working men and women of our fine city.