California janitor earns more than a quarter million

November 8, 2016

moneybagsA custodian who works for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system received more than $270,000 in total compensation last year, including more than $160,000 in overtime pay, according to Transparent California, a database of pay and retirement benefits.

Liang Zhao Zhang is listed as a system service worker for BART. The position is described as janitorial work.

In 2015, Zhang received $271,243 in total pay, even though his base salary was $57,945. Zhang collected $162,050 in overtime pay. Based on the amount of overtime he received, it appears Zhang worked an average of 114 hours a week.

Last year marked the third consecutive year Zhang’s overtime pay exceeded his base salary. Over the three-year span, Zhang received $682,000 in total compensation.

In 2014, Zhang was the only BART custodian to surpass $200,000 in total compensation. Last year, four BART janitors received compensation in excess of $200,000. Each of the four janitors received more compensation from their overtime pay than their salaries.

Robert Fellner, the research director for Transparent California, said the high concentration of overtime pay in a select few employees appears to violate BART guidelines, which state overtime should be rotated equally.

“In addition to violating guidelines, it’s hard to imagine how paying amounts so far in excess of the market wage for routine jobs like custodial workers can possibly be efficient,” Fellner said. “It’d be great if all janitors were paid $200k, but I seriously doubt many of BART’s riders — who must pay for this excess — are ever afforded that opportunity.”

Excluding benefits, in 2015, the average BART service worker received an average salary of $77,777. That was nearly triple the amount — $28,720 — earned by janitors statewide.

BART is currently asking voters to approve a $3.5 billion bond measure that is on Tuesday’s ballot.







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14 Comments

  1. DPINC says:

    THERE IS A WEBSITE — CA TRANSPARENT——- TELLS ALL CITY STATE COUNTY WAGES BY POSITION, NAME AND LOCATION PLUS THEIR PENSIONS YOU WILL BE BLOWN AWAY AT THE WAGES . A SAN JOSE DEPUTY 1 405,000 – 440,000 A YEAR. CAL STATE CUSTODIANS OVER 200,000 EASILY

    (0) 2 Total Votes - 1 up - 1 down
    • paragon says:

      You found that website, so maybe you could also find your caps lock key – you left it on!

      (1) 1 Total Votes - 1 up - 0 down
  2. Jorge Estrada says:

    I know of people like him and they do get paid well for having no life.

    (1) 1 Total Votes - 1 up - 0 down
  3. mullyman says:

    Calif. has been run by Dems for yrs Don’t need to say more. Their attitude is spend spend even though you don’t have it. Had a chance to get rid of some of them and you didn’t so you again reap the rewards.

    (4) 6 Total Votes - 5 up - 1 down
  4. NorthCountyGuy says:

    Classic example of why California is going bankrupt.

    (13) 17 Total Votes - 15 up - 2 down
  5. isoslo says:

    So instead of chasing the poor welfare queen who sells ceviche on the side, how about we go after these criminals. It is not physically possible to work that many hours and everyone knows it. OMG we are getting so reamed by our government.

    (38) 58 Total Votes - 48 up - 10 down
    • sloweb says:

      By “criminals”, you mean Govt administrators, right?

      (24) 36 Total Votes - 30 up - 6 down
      • isoslo says:

        Yes

        (8) 10 Total Votes - 9 up - 1 down
      • NorthCountyGuy says:

        Govt administrators are corrupt because they are prostitutes of the Public Sector Unions.

        “Public Sector Union” is a synonym for “Organized Crime”.

        (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
    • abigchocoholic says:

      OMG we are getting so reamed by our government.
      —————-
      It’s been that way in CA for a decade now. Govt. jobs are the best jobs in the state.

      (7) 11 Total Votes - 9 up - 2 down
  6. SLOBIRD says:

    WOW, does he get free rent too? Those Union jobs are fantastic!

    (22) 38 Total Votes - 30 up - 8 down
    • kayaknut says:

      Yes they are, I am waiting for the state proposition to eliminate public employee unions…..

      (20) 34 Total Votes - 27 up - 7 down
      • Russ J says:

        You can wait till your house will petrify into stone. Aint never gonna happen brah. You can thank Jerry Brown during his first term for public empl. unions. The only way this unfunded train wreck to right itself is to wait for the state to become insolvent and let the judges sort it out.

        (9) 11 Total Votes - 10 up - 1 down
    • NorthCountyGuy says:

      Government is corrupt because the organized-crime bosses of the Public Sector Unions are micro-managing every aspect of state and local government.

      Corruption and gross incompetence is tolerated because the Public Sector Unions are a money-laundering arm of the democrat party.

      (3) 5 Total Votes - 4 up - 1 down

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