Who Makes What

The next cold day you feel sorry for a tollbooth collector on the Massachusetts Turnpike — assuming that you ever have — keep in mind that he makes more than a Boston police bomb squad officer. Thinking of switching careers? It may interest you to know that the unlikely occupation of candlestick maker pays $85,000 a year in these parts.

Money is on everyone's minds, what with the free fall on Wall Street, corporate layoffs, and reports of greedy CEOs. So we cornered bartenders, pestered car salesmen, and scoured corporate and public records to come up with our most detailed (and personal) list to date of what people around here take home in their paychecks. From doctors and teachers to gravediggers and strippers, here's the scoop on what Bostonians earn.

Voyeuristic? Maybe. But there are lessons to be drawn. Starting pay for lawyers at the city's top firms is four times higher than what we pay public defenders. Pedro Martinez's multimillion-dollar salary breaks down to almost $70,000 per inning pitched — more than the annual salary of an average Boston public school teacher. The chairman and CEO of Ames department stores made $1.8 million last year; it's still unclear whether the company's employees will get any severance pay now that Ames is going out of business. Security guards at Logan Airport still start at $23,600 — less than what telemarketers make. People who care for the elderly at an assisted living center get paid less than dog groomers. And the president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals earns more than the president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

So go ahead: Take a peek. And see how your salary stacks up.


$5.8 million plus an office and use of the company jet
Terrence Murray, chairman and retired CEO, FleetBoston

$3.2 million
Chad Gifford, CEO, FleetBoston

$2.5 million
Daniel Burnham, CEO, Raytheon

$703 million
Raytheon's losses last year

$2.2 million
James Kilts, CEO, Gillette

$2.1 million
Henri Termeer, CEO, Genzyme

$1.8 million
Joseph Ettore, chairman and CEO, Ames Department Stores

Severance pay for employees now that Ames is closing

$1.7 million
Joseph Tucci, CEO, EMC

Ronald Sargent, CEO, Staples


$15.5 million
Manny Ramirez, left fielder, Boston Red Sox

$13.5 million
Pedro Martinez, pitcher, Boston Red Sox

Martinez's salary, per inning pitched

$11.3 million
Antoine Walker, forward, Boston Celtics

$3.9 million
Tom Brady, quarterback, New England Patriots

$1.8 million
Bill Belichick, coach, New England Patriots

$1.8 million
Joe Thornton, center, Boston Bruins

Albert Skinner, basketball coach, Boston College

Thomas O'Brien, football coach, Boston College

Shea Hillenbrand, third baseman, Boston Red Sox

Adin Brown, goalkeeper, New England Revolution

Kristine Lilly, midfielder, Boston Breakers


Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Charles Schlueter, principal trumpet, BSO

BSO musician, starting

Prima ballerina, Boston Ballet

Stage manager, Boston Ballet

Malcolm Rogers, director, Museum of Fine Arts

Anne Hawley, director, Gardner Museum

Stan Kozak, head gardener, Gardner Museum

Movie extra, with union contract

Victoria, stripper at the Glass Slipper, with tips


Sarah Wadman, waitress, Davio's Restaurant

Karen Clodgo, waitress, Pour House Bar & Grill

Waiter, Radius, including tips

Counter worker, Dunkin' Donuts, starting

Manager, J. P. Licks, starting

Delivery driver, Boston House of Pizza

Masa Igarashi, sushi chef, Shino Express Sushi

Christopher Ellsworth, part-time bartender, White Star Tavern

Keith Mahoney, bartender, Solas Irish Pub

Martin Greaves, bartender, Omni Parker House

Norman Wood, health inspector, City of Boston

Hotel chambermaid


Cashier, Stop & Shop (25 hours/week)

Marie Mabardi, travel agent, Great Getaways, Boston

Paul “Captain Cookie” Valcour, Duck Tours guide (April-November)


John Silber, chancellor, Boston University

Charles Vest, president, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard Freeland, president, Northeastern University

Jehuda Reinharz, president, Brandeis University

David Sargent, president, Suffolk University

William Bulger, president, University of Massachusetts system

Diana Walsh, president, Wellesley College

Jacqueline Liebergott, president, Emerson College

Mary Fifield, president, Bunker Hill Community College

$4.1 million
Jack Meyer, president, Harvard Management Company

$14.8 million
Jeffrey Larson, foreign equity investor, Harvard Management Company

$13.6 million
David Mittelman, bond specialist, Harvard Management Company

Farshad Rafii, professor of technology management, Babson College, and founding director of the Center for Technology and Enterprise

Elizabeth Warren, professor, Harvard Law School (includes mortgage subsidy, housing allowance, “other compensation”)

Full professor, Harvard University

Full professor, MIT

Full professor, Boston College

Full professor, Amherst College

Full professor, UMass Amherst

Thomas Payzant, superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Richard Silverman, superintendent, Brookline Public Schools

Jennifer Huntington, principal, Newton North High School

Thomas Hennessey, headmaster, Boston High School

Phyllis Siwiec, teacher, Boston Public Schools

Joseph Daniels, senior custodian/nights, Boston Public Schools

Ellen Peterson, first-grade teacher, Weymouth Public Schools

Nanny, Beacon Hill Nannies

Thelma Albert, cafeteria manager, Boston Public Schools

Vicky Shepard, childcare director, Children's Circle, Burlington

John Rex, Les Petits Nursery School, Brookline

Lianna Manos-Mohamed, library assistant, Boston Public Library, Brighton branch


Asim Oguz, real estate sales agent, Boston

Yolanda Thomas, housing inspector, City of Boston


Social Security retiree, average

Widow or widower, average

Disabled person, average

Welfare recipient in Massachusetts

Unemployment insurance recipient, maximum

Welfare caseworker


Lawyer, Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, starting

Lawyer, Ropes & Gray, starting

Lawyer, Hale & Dorr, starting

Lawyer, Nutter, McClennen & Fish, starting

Daniel Conley, Suffolk County district attorney

Public defender, starting

Martha Sosman, justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Joseph Trainor, state appellate court judge

Robert Cornetta, Salem District Court judge

Probation officer

FBI agent

Paul Evans, Boston police commissioner

Ronnie Watson, Cambridge police commissioner

Daniel O'Leary, Brookline police chief

Robert Cappucci, Boston police officer

Cappucci's pay, with overtime

Joseph Britt, Boston police detective

Britt's pay, with overtime

Stephen Chin, Boston Police bomb squad officer

Massachusetts state trooper, starting

9-1-1 dispatcher, Lexington

Paul Christian, Boston fire commissioner

Gerald Reardon, Cambridge fire commissioner

John Spillane, Brookline fire chief

Patrick Flaherty, firefighter, Boston Fire Department


Roger Bessette, toll collector, Massachusetts Turnpike

Katrina Hill, toll collector, Tobin Bridge

Pilot, Cape Air, starting

Pilot, Federal Express

Baggage handler, Logan Airport

Flight attendant

Logan Airport security guard, U.S. Transportation Security Administration, starting

Driver, Federal Express

Driver, U.S. Postal Service

Driver, UPS

Della D'Alessandro, bicycle messenger, Fly Over the City, Boston

Paul Fay, used-car salesperson, Best Used Cars, Weymouth

Jade Vigilio, new-car salesperson, Boston VW

Ladville Powell, auto mechanic, Ideal Engine Automotive, Boston

Lesor Ogbafu, valet parker, Sheraton Boston

Parking lot attendant

Truck driver, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Needham

Wilfort Dolcius, limo driver, Lifestyle Transportation International, Everett

Benito Vernet, cab driver, Independent Taxi Company

MBTA bus driver

MBTA streetcar operator

Craig Coy, CEO and executive director, Massachusetts Port Authority

Michael Leone, port director, Massport

Joseph Lawless, director of maritime and bridge security, Massport

Thomas Kinton, aviation director, Massport

Stephen Pierro, janitor, Logan Airport

Jean Blanchard, control clerk, Registry of Motor Vehicles

Michael Cappellano, parking meter reader, Boston

Lev Bentsman, bridge engineer, Big Dig

Duane Adams, project assistant, Big Dig

Michael Lewis, director, Big Dig

Anthony Saunders, snowplow driver, City of Boston


Reporter, Boston Globe, starting

Reporter, Boston Globe, top scale

Assistant metro editor, Boston Globe, starting

Assistant metro editor, Boston Globe, top scale

Reporter, Boston Herald

Assignment editor, Boston Herald

Jose Juves, Massport spokesman

Carole Brennan, press secretary to Mayor Tom Menino

Vernard Milton, vendor, Metro newspaper

Natalie Jacobson, TV anchorwoman, WCVB-TV, Channel 5

Brooke Murphy, Web-site designer, Boston Web Design

Matthew Jorgenson, webmaster

Larry Kovner, technical writer

Satellite TV installer, Blue Sky Satellite, Boston

Larry Quemere, telemarketer, Appointment Setters, Boston

Telephone operator, Verizon, maximum


Teresa Bonar, butcher, Savenor's Market

Korinn Koslofsky, baker, Flour Bakery + Café

Agostino DiBari, candlestick maker, Honey Candle Company, Orleans


Rabbi, large suburban Boston congregation

Unitarian minister, midsize suburban Boston congregation

Catholic priest


Acting Governor Jane Swift

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

Menino's lifetime pension, per year

Menino's pension if he's reelected in 2009

U.S. Senator John Kerry

$675 million
Kerry's net worth

U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy

$35 million
Kennedy's net worth

State senator

State representative

Thomas Finneran, House speaker (includes $100,000 from private law practice)

Gus Thornton, president, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Joyce Strom, president, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Catherine D'Amato, CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank

Stephen Balfour, associate director, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts


Victor Dzau, chairman, department of medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

James Mongan, president, Massachusetts General Hospital

Heart surgeon




Physical therapist







Arlene Swan-Mahoney, school nurse, Boston Public Schools

Hospital nurse

Home nurse

Caregiver, Atrium Assisted Living Center, Danvers

Richard Evans, state medical examiner

Arthur C. Hasiotis, director, Commonwealth Cremation and Funeral Service, Brighton

Maurice Jackson, gravedigger, City of Boston