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MBTA Salary Analysis

Year 2015 data thanks to Matthew Rocheleau, the Boston Globe staff reporter on the 22 Dec 2015 MBTA overtime article.

  1. extract text tables from PDF using Poppler pdftotext
  2. load with Pandas
  3. look for interesting aspects of the data.

For example, in 2014, the top MBTA earner was a Technician with an estimated $145 K of overtime on top of an $89 K salary. Excessive overtime can be a concern for worker performance and safety in any field, with possible drastic consequences for the public when working in sensitive areas like transportation and medicine.

The Washingtonian published a 9 Dec 2015 article by Luke Mullins and Michael Gaynor that explores at length issues with WMATA and overtime abuses.

Backpay is excluded as it represents a retroactive increase in base salary for the previous year. Backpay is last year's pay, paid out this year.

MBTA salary histogram by category

MBTA salary by category

Examples

We currently have 2013-2015 salary data. Other trend analyses may find it useful to request prior years data.

2015 MBTA Salary

MBTAsalary EMP-2015-Gross-Bpay-Ovt.xlsx 2015

yields plots and the output:

Highest earning MBTA staff $256080 in 2015 was a Foreperson,Section, including estimated $171257 overtime.

type max median 90th subtot num
signal 182049 117083 151384 > 2e+07 > 157
maint 256080 > 97309 134881 > 2e+08 1743
ops 145266 > 96538 113948 > 1e+07 > 128
police 203553 > 93684 136959 > 3e+07 > 271
heavy 178438 > 80498 103964 > 5e+07 > 678
bus-ft 120281 > 75542 > 91287 > 1e+08 1304
subway 158950 > 73563 > 94860 > 4e+07 > 628
bus-pt > 54738 > 40934 > 49124 > 2e+07 > 410
rest 231589 > 87497 122225 > 1e+08 1149
all 256080 > 82319 118860 > 5e+08 6468

2014 MBTA Salary

MBTAsalary Wages2014.txt 2014

yields plots and the output:

Highest earning MBTA staff $235194 in 2014 was a Technician,Power Equip, including estimated $145401 overtime.

type max median 90th subtot num
signal 179689 110775 127210 > 2e+07 > 155
police 221910 107261 165080 > 3e+07 > 259
maint 235194 > 95772 131344 > 2e+08 1727
ops 138506 > 93504 115208 > 1e+07 > 131
heavy 224458 > 90492 120647 > 6e+07 > 670
bus-ft 196809 > 88447 109504 > 1e+08 1337
subway 185242 > 84203 111710 > 4e+07 > 576
bus-pt > 66435 > 33326 > 52231 > 1e+07 > 345
rest 220000 > 86463 129061 > 1e+08 1132
all 235194 > 89251 123618 > 5e+08 6332

MBTA 2013 Salary

MBTAsalary "FOIA 14-11 final.txt" 2013

yields plots and the output:

Highest earning MBTA staff $238770 in 2013 was a General Manager

type max median 90th subtot num
signal 164161 109078 122121 > 1e+07 > 139
police 205400 108173 162941 > 3e+07 > 245
maint 209113 > 87132 113655 > 1e+08 1705
ops 127287 > 82337 > 98121 > 1e+07 > 131
heavy 154684 > 72266 > 99978 > 5e+07 > 654
bus-ft 192440 > 69327 > 87284 > 9e+07 1279
subway 133214 > 66729 > 87589 > 3e+07 > 517
bus-pt > 53263 > 34434 > 42247 > 1e+07 > 358
rest 238770 > 78120 112847 > 9e+07 1098
all 238770 > 75818 108951 > 5e+08 6126

Obtaining Salary Data

You will need to download and convert the salary data first. Each year's format is a little different.

2015 Salary Data

We obtained this data from Matthew Rocheleau, the Boston Globe staff reporter on the 22 Dec 2015 MBTA overtime article. We anticipate a request for the whole year 2015 data once we're into 2016.

2014 Salary Data

  1. Download 2014 MBTA salary data
  2. Extract text from PDF:
    pdftotext -layout Wages2014.pdf
    

2013 Salary Data

  1. Download 2013 MBTA salary data
  2. Extract text from PDF:
    pdftotext -layout "FOIA 14-11 final.pdf"
    
  3. The last three lines of this .txt file are missing a space between the salary and "2013". Just open in a text editor and manually add one additional space before 2013 in these last three lines.

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