If you’ve ever wanted a good idea of how much money various people in New York City make, New York Magazine has conducted an extensive survey.
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.
Many people didn’t want to talk about this kind of personal information, but the magazine did have a method of estimating — educated guessing — that could be considered accurate enough for this type of story. The numbers also don’t include perks, just base salary.
Here are some highlights:
* Edward Lampert, the manager of a hedge fund, makes $1.02 billion.
* Barry Diller, chariman and CEO of USA Interactive, makes $156 million.
* 50 Cent, rapper, makes $50 million.
* Sarah Jessica Parker, spokesperson for Gap, makes $38 million.
* A-Rod, third baseman for the Yankees, makes $25.2 million.
* Andy Warhol, deceased artist, makes $16.2 million.
* William Harrison, Jr., the chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, makes $15.7 million.
* Kelly Ripa, host of The Today Show, makes $7 million.
* Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, makes $1.5 million.
* Steve Madden, creative and design chief, makes $700,000.
* Hilary Clinton, United States senator, makes $162,100.
* Flower, cocaine dealer in LES, makes $150,000.
* Chelsea Clinton, a consultant for McKinsey & Co., makes $120,000.
* Jessica Coen, a blogger for Gawker.com, makes $30,000.
* Chris, a panhandler, makes $24,000.
* Tom Stewart, a clerk at Tower Records, makes $20,000.
* George M., a street musician at Astor Place, makes $16,800.
* Parakash Patel, a newsstand operator, makes $14,400.
* Mike Kim, Chinese deliveryperson, makes $5,200.
* Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, makes $1.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published September 20, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.