Salary Guide: Who Makes How Much – An impertinent look at other people’s paychecks.

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Salary envy and its more loathsome twin, salary smugness, are the yin and yang of New York life, the engine that drives the city. But face it: Unless you’re actually steaming open the mail, most of what you think you know about what your neighbor makes is little more than fantasy. That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled a voluminous and eccentric list of hundreds of New Yorkers’ salaries, from the hedge-funder who pulled down more than a billion last year to the Chinese-food deliveryman making four figures (plus tips). There’s Calvin Klein and a guy who sells knockoffs on the street, a cantor and an imam, a first-year assistant district attorney and Sam Waterston, an honorary veteran of the D.A.’s office.
The first such list published in this magazine, in 1972, offers a glimpse into the city’s misty, pre-Morgenthau past; Bob makes his first appearance on the 1975 list, and he is the only person who holds the same title now as he did then. Another landmark who has stood the test of time even longer than Morgie: Hugh Hefner, the sole listee from 1972 to recur in this issue. Back then, Hef banked $303,847 wearing the hats of chairman, president, editor, and—whew!—publisher of Playboy Enterprises. These days, he takes in $983,000 merely for his editor-in-chief duties. No one in 1972 even approached seven figures; the highest figure on the list was the $425,160 taken home by Meshulan Riklis, chairman and president of Rapid-American Corp. and ex-husband of Pia Zadora.
Even in 2005, it’s still considered bad manners in most circles to volunteer one’s salary. So putting the list together was a challenge. One local-TV weatherman summed up many opinions when he said, “Oy vey, oy vey, oy vey, oy vey! You know what four oy veys means? It means we don’t talk about that kind of thing, and I’m not going to tell you. It’s personal.” And he was right, of course, though that didn’t stop us. Corporate proxy statements, printed news reports (we are most heavily indebted to Forbes and to Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine), city payrolls, nonprofits’ tax-return filings—those were easy. And sometimes asking people straight-up worked. Donald Trump Jr., for one, was happy to declare his income (like father, like son), and after some discussion, we decided to take his word for it. One squeamish real-estate broker gave her name and then panicked, demanding in a series of phone calls of escalating hysteria that we remove her last name. See Jennifer’s shame (minus, alas, her surname).
Some of the numbers, inevitably, are guesses. But they’re educated guesses, at least, based on multiple industry sources. Many artists and entertainers, for instance, were unenthusiastic about commenting on their earnings (as were their agents). In such cases, we relied on the informed speculation of insiders—though Andy Warhol’s earnings, to cite just one example, are controlled by the nonprofit Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and are correct to the dollar. Some sources took our questions as an opportunity for sniping; explaining Maggie Gyllenhaal’s per-movie price, one studio executive kindly offered, “She’s a no-one.”
None of the figures includes perks—not a banker’s private jet, a university president’s housing, or an editor’s Town Car. This is about cash. Note that some of the CEO salaries may seem strange: They reflect salaries, bonuses, and exercised stock options only—so Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons is listed as earning $23.5 million, of which about $9 million represent options that he cashed out. All figures are the most recent available, and there’s a chance, of course, that some numbers have moved up or down since they were reported. We won’t pretend that this list will make you sleep any better—but at least you’ll know what to request next time you’re due for a raise.
Edward Lampert
$1.02 billion
Manager, ESL Investments hedge fund
James Simons
$670 million
Manager, Renaissance Technologies Corp. hedge fund
Bruce Kovner
$550 million
Manager, Caxton Associates hedge fund
Richard Fuld
Chairman and CEO, Lehman Brothers
E. Stanley O’Neal
Chairman, CEO, and president, Merrill Lynch
(Photo credit: Randy Brooke/Wire Image)
Henry Paulson Jr.
Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs
Sanford Weill
Chairman, Citigroup
William Harrison Jr.
Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase
James Dimon
President and COO, JPMorgan Chase
Kenneth Chenault
Chairman and CEO, American Express
Henry McKinnell
Chairman and CEO, Pfizer
H. Edward Hanway
$13.3 million
Chairman, CEO, and president, Cigna
John D. Wren
CEO and president, Omnicom Group advertising
James Dolan
$9.5 million
Chairman, CEO, and president, Cablevision
Edgar Bronfman Jr.
$6.3 million
CEO, Warner Music Group
David Neeleman
Chairman and CEO, JetBlue Airways
John Thain
$4 million
CEO, New York Stock Exchange
Chelsea Clinton
Consultant, McKinsey & Co.
Travis Harris
Shoe-shiner, Wall Street ($20 a day, three days a week)
Chris (last name withheld)
Panhandler, Bleecker and Broadway
Juanita Garcia
$3 million
2005 New York State lottery winner
Robert Morgenthau
District attorney, Manhattan
Jeannine Pirro
District attorney, Westchester
Eric Rosen
First-year assistant district attorney, Manhattan
Shannon Stallings
First-year public defender, Legal Aid Society
Laura Held
Parking-violation judge
Judy Sheindlin
$30 million
Television judge
H. Rodgin Cohen
$4 million
Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell
Josh Dubin
Jury consultant and trial strategist
William Joshua Brant
First-year associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Dick Wolf
$200 million
Executive producer, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (includes syndication)
Sam Waterston
$2.5 million
Actor, Law & Order
David Chase
$20 million
Creator, The Sopranos
James Gandolfini
$10 million
Actor, The Sopranos
David Letterman
$31 million
Host, The Late Show With David Letterman
Jon Stewart
$1.5 million
Host, The Daily Show
Dave Chappelle
Absent Comedian, Chappelle’s Show
($50 million contract for two years, but no episodes yet delivered)
Tina Fey
$1.5 million
Performer and head writer, Saturday Night Live
Regis Philbin
$20 million
Host, Live With Regis and Kelly
Kelly Ripa
$7 million
Host, Live With Regis and Kelly
Charlie Gibson,
$7 million
Co-anchor, Good Morning America
Brian Williams,
$4 million
Anchor, NBC Nightly News
Anderson Cooper
$2 million
Host, Anderson Cooper 360
Chuck Scarborough
$3 million
Anchor, WNBC news
Sue Simmons
$2.5 million
Anchor, WNBC news
Sam Champion
$1.5 million
Weatherman, WABC
Pat Kiernan
Anchor, NY1
Roger Ailes,
$7.1 million
Chairman, Fox News Channel
Andrew Heyward
$1.5 million
President, CBS News
Harvey and Bob Weinstein
$50 million each
Co-chairmen, Miramax Films
(2004–5 bonuses and buyout from Disney split)
Robert De Niro
$20 million
Actor, Meet the Fockers
Leonardo DiCaprio
$20 million
Actor, The Aviator
Nicole Kidman
$15 million
Actress, The Interpreter
Kirsten Dunst
$8 million
Actress, Elizabethtown
Meryl Streep
$5 million
Actress, The Devil Wears Prada
Lindsay Lohan
$3.5 million
Actress, Herbie: Fully Loaded
($7.5 million for the upcoming Just My Luck)
(Photo credit: From left, Jesse Grant/Wire Image; Tim Whitby/Wire Image)
Uma Thurman
$3 million
Actress, Be Cool
Ethan Hawke
$3 million
Actor, Assault on Precinct 13
Jake Gyllenhaal
$3 million
Actor, Jarhead
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Actress, upcoming untitled Oliver Stone 9/11 film
Rosario Dawson
$1 million
Actress, Rent
Peter Sarsgaard
Actor, Flight Plan
Sarah Jessica Parker
$38 million
Gap spokeswoman
(plus $1 million for the upcoming Failure to Launch)
Karen Cooper
Director and president, Film Forum
Johan Roldan
Ticket collector, City Cinemas Village East
David Schmidt
Kim’s Video clerk
(28 hours per week at $6 per hour)
Billy Crystal
$10 million
Monologuist, 700 Sundays
Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane
$5.2 million each
Actors, The Odd Couple
($100,000 per week)
Julia Roberts
Actress, Three Days of Rain
($35,000 per week)
Rosie O’Donnell
Actress, Fiddler on the Roof
($10,000 per week)
John Patrick Shanley
$2.6 million
Playwright, Doubt
(10 percent of weekly gross of $500,000)
Sydney Davolos
General manager, Roundabout Theatre
Glenn Lowry
Director, the Museum of Modern Art
Philippe de Montebello
Director and CEO, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Aristotle Stathatos
Security guard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
William Ruprecht
$2 million
Director, Sotheby’s
Steven Kasher
Chelsea gallery owner
Larry Gagosian
$30 million
Owner, Gagosian Gallery
Jasper Johns
$20 million
Jeff Koons
$15 million
Conceptual artist
John Currin
$3 million
Cindy Sherman
$1 million
Andy Warhol
Deceased artist
50 Cent
$50 million
Rapper, hyphenate
$36 million
Rapper, superhyphenate
The Strokes
Rockers, Room on Fire (570,000 copies sold at roughly
$1.50 per album)
Wynton Marsalis
Artistic director, Jazz at Lincoln Center
John Lennon
$21 million
Deceased singer-songwriter
Frank Sinatra
$5 million
Deceased singer-songwriter
(Photo credit: Jun Sato/Wire Image)
Mark Ronson
Tom Stewart
Tower Records clerk
Lorin Maazel
Conductor, New York Philharmonic
Joseph Volpe
General manager, Metropolitan Opera
Renée Fleming
Mezzo-soprano, Metropolitan Opera
($15,000 per performance)
George M.
Street musician, Astor Place subway station
Malcolm Gladwell
$1.5 million
Author, Blink
(advance, plus $250,000 New Yorker salary and $30,000 per speaking engagement)
Jonathan Safran Foer
$1 million
Author, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
(advance, plus $12,500 per speaking engagement)
Judith Regan
$1 million
President and publisher, Regan Books
Sonny Mehta
Chairman and editor-in-chief, Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Group
Ann Godoff
President and publisher, the Penguin Press
Sam Tanenhaus
Editor, The New York Times Book Review
Stephen Riggio
CEO and vice-chairman, Barnes & Noble
Lisa Jong
Clerk, Barnes & Noble
(32 hours a week at $7.75 per hour)
Barry Diller
Chairman and CEO, USA Interactive
Richard Parsons
Chairman and CEO, Time Warner, Inc.
Robert Iger
$12 million
CEO, Walt Disney Corporation
Sumner Redstone
$56 million
Chairman and CEO, Viacom
Les Moonves
$52 million
Co-president and co-COO, Viacom
Tom Freston
$52 million
Co-president and co-COO, Viacom
Bob Wright
$19.7 million
Vice-chairman of GE, chairman and CEO of NBC Universal
Martha Stewart
Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Martha Stewart
$9.6 million
TV Star
($1.6 million for The Apprentice, $8 million for Martha)
Susan Lyne
CEO and president, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
$1.92 million
Chairman and publisher, the New York Times Co.
Peter Kann
$2.3 million
Chairman and CEO, Dow Jones
Karen Elliott House
Publisher, the Wall Street Journal
Bill Keller
Executive editor, the New York Times
Col Allan
Editor, New York Post
Richard Johnson
“Page Six” gossip columnist
Thomas Friedman
Columnist, the New York Times
(plus $40,000 per speaking engagement)
Maria Schneider
Associate Editor, The Onion
Will Shortz
Crossword editor, the New York Times
Jim Romenesko
Blogger, the Poynter Institute
Jessica Coen
(Photo credit: Donald Bowers)
Parakash Patel
Newsstand operator, 50th Street and Third Avenue
Hugh Hefner
Founder and editor-in-chief, Playboy Enterprises
Christie Hefner
$1.44 million
Chairman and CEO, Playboy Enterprises
David Pecker
$3.15 million
CEO and president, American Media
Norm Pearlstine
$2 million
Editor-in-chief, Time Inc.
Anna Wintour
$2 million
Editor, Vogue
Sylvana Soto-Ward
Assistant to Anna Wintour
Bonnie Fuller
Editorial director, American Media
Janice Min
$1.2 million
Editor, Us Weekly
James Kelly
$1.1 million
Managing editor, Time
Tom Wallace
$1 million
Editorial director, Condé Nast
David Remnick
$1 million
Editor, The New Yorker
Peter Martins
Artistic director, New York City Ballet
(Photo credit: From left, Mike Appleton/AP; Beatriz Schiller/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Angel Corella and Julie Kent
$171,000 each
Principal dancers, American Ballet Theatre
Magdalena Piekarz
Teacher, Arthur Murray Dance Studios
Paul Tagliabue
$8 million
Commissioner, National Football League
Don Garber
Commissioner, Major League Soccer
(Photo credit: Jeffrey Mayer/Wire Image)
Larry Brown
$10 million
Head coach, New York Knicks
Isiah Thomas
$6.7 million
General manager, New York Knicks
Brian Cashman
$1 million
General manager, New York Yankees
Omar Minaya
General manager, New York Mets
Joe Torre
$6.4 million
Manager, Yankees
Willie Randolph
Manager, Mets
Tom Coughlin
$2.75 million
Head coach, New York Giants
Herman Edwards
$2 million
Head coach, New York Jets
Eli Manning
$7.5 million
Quarterback, Giants
Chad Pennington
$9.1 million
Quarterback, Jets
Adrian Awasom
Rookie defensive end, Giants
Alex Rodriguez
$25.2 million
Third baseman, Yankees
Pedro Martinez
$13.25 million
Pitcher, Mets
Steve Crampton
Pitcher, Newark Bears
($450 per week for 22 weeks, plus $18 per diem on road trips)
Stephon Marbury
$17.5 million
Point guard, Knicks
Jason Kidd
$17.3 million
Point guard, New Jersey Nets
Trevor Ariza
Final 2004 draft pick, Knicks
Becky Hammon
All-Star guard, New York Liberty
Norm Roberts
Head basketball coach, St. John’s
Patrick Magnan
Head basketball coach, defending Manhattan champions Frederick Douglass Academy (in addition to his teacher’s salary)
Marv Albert
TV play-by-play announcer, Nets
Mike and the Mad Dog
$2.7 million
Talk-radio hosts, WFAN
($1.4 million for Mike, $1.3 million for the Mad Dog)
Gregory Burke
Private first class, United States Army, stationed in Iraq
(includes $130 monthly hazardous-duty fee)
John Wright
National Guardsman, Penn Station
(Photo credit: Jim Spellman/Wire Image)
Kofi Annan
Secretary-general, United Nations
Hillary Clinton
United States senator
Charles Rangel
United States congressman
George Pataki
Eliot Spitzer
State attorney general
Sheldon Silver
State Assembly speaker
Joseph Bruno
State Senate majority leader
Michael Bloomberg
(official mayor’s salary: $195,000)
Peter Madonia
Mayor’s chief of staff
Kevin Sheekey
Bloomberg reelection campaign manager
Cristyne Nicholas
CEO and president, NYC & Company tourism bureau
John Doherty
Commissioner, Sanitation Department
Lori Lyons
Police and Fire
Thomas E. Nobles Jr.
Postal carrier
Ray Kelly
Police commissioner
Nicholas Scoppetta
Fire commissioner
Charles Hirsch
City chief medical examiner
Edwin Young
NYPD anti-graffiti coordinator
Anthony Napolitano
Rookie police officer
Mark Mershon
Assistant director in charge of New York field office, FBI
John Coghlan
Private detective
Free walks, food, housing
Fire dog, Ladder Co. 20
Glen O’Sullivan
Subway conductor
Annette Sutton-Epps
Subway station agent
Nzue Kohen
Yellow-cab driver
Volkan Demir
Pedicab driver
Gerard Deliotte
Santiago Segovia
Parking-garage attendant
Personal Services
Keuyoung Lee
Owner, 181 Corner Cleaners
Jason Onserud
Personal trainer
Guy Ballirano
Technician, Con Ed
Maria Capales
Elvin Urena
Irene Nahon
Natasha Sealy
Nanny (plus lunch)
(Photo credit: Donald Bowers)
Christine Lanotte
Dog walker, Petaholics
Tony Ristick
Psychic, Celine Astrology
Cocaine dealer, Lower East Side (
$275 per one-eighth ounce)
(Photo credit: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
John Sexton
President, New York University
Lee Bollinger
President, Columbia University
Joseph Polisi
President, the Juilliard School
Bob Kerrey
President, the New School
Jeffrey Sachs
Economics professor, Columbia University
Adam H. Becker
Assistant professor, classics and religion, NYU
Wol-san Liem
Teaching assistant, NYU
Joel Klein
Chancellor, New York City Schools
Randi Weingarten
President, United Federation of Teachers
Ellen Stein
Head of school, Dalton
Stanley Teitel
Principal, Stuyvesant High School
Karina Costantino
Principal, P.S. 22 in Staten Island
Barbara Lancaster
First-grade teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Christina Annunziata
First-grade teacher, Bronx public school
Stephen Williams
Custodian engineer, Park East High School
Jonathan Arak
SAT tutor, Princeton Review
Herbert Pardes
CEO and president, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Harold Varmus
CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Memorial Hospital
David Campbell
CEO and president, St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers
Kenneth Davis
CEO, Mount Sinai Hospital
Steven J. Corwin
Cardiologist/chief medical officer, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
Howard Beaton
Chief of surgery, NYU Downtown Hospital
Frank Manning
Chief of OB/GYN, NYU Downtown Hospital
Scott Newman
Plastic surgeon
Raymond Wong
Assistant attending physician, NYU Downtown Hospital
Leena Lakhkar
Udomporn Ratanaphaledee
Flower-shop cashier, Cornell Hospital
Edward Egan
Cardinal, Archdiocese of New York
Rev. Kevin Madigan
Catholic priest
Sister Marie of the Precious Blood
Cloistered nun
Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman
Rabbi, All Faith Seminary (includes income from books, lectures, and weddings)
Judith Steel
Cantor, the New Synagogue
($1,500 salary, $12,500 for weddings)
Imam Omar Abu-Namous
Head of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York
Sol Adler
President, 92nd Street Y
Richard Haass
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Richard Lattis
General director, Wildlife Conservation Society (oversees city zoos)
Joan Malin
CEO and president, Planned Parenthood of New York City
Ana Oliveira
Executive director, Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Mary Brosnahan Sullivan
Executive director, Coalition for the Homeless
Lt. Col. Nestor Nuesch
Divisional commander, Salvation Army of Greater New York
Real Estate
Donald Trump
Chairman and CEO, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc.
Donald Trump
$1.6 million
TV star, The Apprentice
Donald Trump Jr.
Vice-president of acquisitions and development, Trump Organization
Mort Zuckerman
Chairman, Boston Properties, Inc.
(Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)
Dolly Lenz
$6.95 million
Super-broker, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Jennifer R.
(last name withheld) First-year broker
Hector Norat
Superintendent, 209 W. 97th St.
Jose Felipe Gonzalez
Doorman, 455 Central Park W.
Mohammed Hamid
David J. Douglas
Ramon Torres
Window washer
Herman Jiminez
Tommy Hilfiger
$22.4 million
Honorary chairman, Tommy Hilfiger, Inc.
Calvin Klein
$22.2 million
Consulting creative director, Phillips Van Heusen Corp.
Russell Simmons
$119 million
Founder, Phat Farm (from the sale of Phat Farm alone)
Kimora Lee Simmons
$17 million
Creative director, Baby Phat
Kenneth Cole
$2.25 million
Chairman and CEO, Kenneth Cole Productions
Steve Madden
Creative and design chief, Steve Madden Ltd.
Gisele Bündchen
$15.2 million
Dylan Erickson
Male model (started modeling four months ago)
R. Brad Martin
$2.12 million
Chairman and CEO, Saks, Inc.
Howard Socol
$2.06 million
Chairman, CEO, and president, Barneys New York, Inc.
Michael J. Kowalski
Chairman and CEO, Tiffany & Co.
Robert Cole
Assistant manager, Banana Republic
Eric Miranda
Sales clerk, Gap
Ricardo Fondeur
Fragrance sales associate and sprayer, Macy’s
Masae Sasaki
Sales associate, Tutu boutique, Nolita
Nivia Nogues
Sales assistant, Payless Shoe Source
Nate P.
Knockoff-handbag street vendor
Jean-Georges Vongerichten
$6 million
Chef, restaurateur, author
Daniel Boulud
$4 million
Chef, restaurateur, author
Mario Batali
$2 million
Chef, restaurateur, author, Food Network star
Joey Repice
Sommelier, Pure Food and Wine
Agim Seferi
Wait captain, Café Gray
Bucho Suarez
Short-order cook, Joe Jr. diner
Eva Ferka
Reservationist, Alto
Travis Toy
Line coordinator, Whole Foods Union Square
Jay Yaun
Deli clerk, Apple Tree Market
Alex Aguinaga
Deliveryman, FreshDirect
Eddie Santi
Pizza server, Famous Famiglia Pizzeria
Jamal Khandaker
Hot-dog and pretzel vendor, Broadway and Warren Street
Amirul Islam
Fruit vendor, Broadway and Warren Street
Mike Kim
Chinese deliveryman, Wang’s Restaurant (not including tips)

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