Evanston city workers on average don’t make as much as their counterparts in the City of Chicago, but do better than workers for Cook County and the State of Illinois.
There is some variation in the data. The Evanston data reflects projected pay for this year, and excludes any unscheduled overtime. The figures for the other governments reflect last year’s pay and generally include overtime amounts.
Median pay was $87,091 for City of Chicago workers, $74,306 for City of Evanston workers, $68,884 for State of Illinois workers and $63,054 for Cook County workers.
In the City of Chicago, the highest paid worker last year was Aviation Director Ginger Evans, who made $400,000. In Evanston it’s City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, who’s scheduled to make $212,084 this year.
Thirty-nine percent of City of Chicago employees made over $100,000 last year. The share of employees who topped that threshold was far smaller for the other government units — 13 percent for Evanston and the State of Illinois and 12 percent for Cook County.
Beyond department heads, those most likely to crack the $100,000 barrier in Evanston are supervisors in the fire and police departments.
Rank-and-file firefighters and police officers mostly make between $90,000 and $100,000.
That pattern, of comparatively high pay for police and firefighters, also was found in the Chicago data.
Workers in Evanston’s library and recreation departments tend to be the least-well paid, along with some civilian employees in the police department.