The subject is subway security. You’d think that NYC would want to have the best officers possible. I’m not saying we don’t, but it certainly isn’t easy to attract them. Why?
Well, as a rookie officer, you’re looking at $38,000 a year. That’s it. So right out of the gate you are limiting yourself in terms of recruiting because there’s not many people who would be willing to only make $38k a year.
This is all nothing new. No breaking news. However, this all made me wonder how much MTA Employees make.
Yesterday, we ran a little poll to see what people thought plumbers, custodians, painters, etc should make on an annual basis. The results show that 75% of our readers think these positions should make less than $45,000 a year.
How much do these MTA/NYC Transit workers actually make? Surprisingly, that basic info is available online. The MTA posts it’s open jobs with salary ranges right on their website. Here’s some highlights.
There’s an opening for Manager of the 7 line. That must be a popular gig these days. Salary: $124,800 – $208,500.
Telephone Maintainer: $52,000 (plus night & weekend bonus)
Plumber: $52,000 (plus night & weekend bonus)
Structure Maintainer (aka Painter): $52,000
Manager, Car Accident Investigation and Testing: $60,700 – $95,900
Administrative Associate: $48,000
Customer Service Rep: $53,000
I especially loved this one:
Transit Customer Service Specialist
$40,558 – $59,227
Responsibilities: The selected candidate will coordinate between the scanning contractor and NYCT; ensure files are prepared for scanning and review microfilm for quality control. Enter appropriate information into the NYC Transit Automated Records Management System in compliance with NYCT Retention policy. Work with Law Department and Storage Retention personnel on file removal procedures, schedule removal of files to Livonia storage facility. Candidate is required to lift, move and arrange boxes containing a variety of materials, documents and/or supplies.
So almost $60k to scan shit and move around some boxes.
While it’s not subway related, did you ever wonder how much the conductors make on Metro-North or LIRR? An Assistant Conductor makes $62,000. These are the guys that walk around with the hole punchers and take your tickets. That’s worth $62,000.
Ok, I’m not saying that these people do not deserve what they are making, and I’m not saying they don’t deserve to make a good living. However, this begs the question: Are our priorities straight?
Every year you hear how the state is again battling the TWU, that wants another raise, better benefits, etc etc. Yet, the NYPD and FDNY make crap.
We’ve got people that risk their lives daily making less than $40,000 a year, yet unskilled labor with the MTA makes well over $50,000.
Offering only $38,000 to “attract” rookie cops? What could the quality of those new cops possibly be? I mean, clearly there are excellent officers on the force. But don’t you think you would attract better, more qualified applicants if you offered $60,000?
Just look at commercial business. If a brokerage firm wants to recruit the best brokers, they offer the best salaries. If you want the best lawyers, you better be ready to cough up some cash. Pick just about any business. The most valuable people in that organization are probably the ones making them most money. So if you wanted the best officers, you probably need to pay them.
Overall, priorities are clearly out of control.