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70 CTA employees made more than $200,000 in 2021




(The Center Square) – A transit employee in Chicago made more than $300,000 in 2021, making him the highest-paid employee for the system.

Andre Cruz, a signal maintainer for the Chicago Transit Authority, made $302,075, according to transit payroll records. His hourly base pay was $56.55, which would be $117,624 a year for working 40 hours a week.

Seventy of the CTA’s 10,289 employees made more than $200,000 in 2021, with line workers, signal maintainers and ironworkers being the most common. 

According to Glassdoor, a website that provides national salary information, the average total pay for a signal maintainer is $64,759.

“Signal maintainers are responsible for installing, maintaining, repairing, and inspecting signals related to subways, trains, and rail systems,” according to Glassdoor.

CTA did not respond to questions about the salaries.


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  1. It’s more than likely due to OT. City workers have a very generous OT policy where they can make 2X and more their hourly pay if they work OT or during a holiday. Look at what some snowplow drivers make, especially if they get called in in the AM hours or on Christmas. Then I think their pension is based on that high pay. It’s part of the reason taxes are so high and Chicago is broke.