If you are under the impression that only Wall Street financiers mint money, think again. Only last year an employee in the city’s Department of Environmental Protection earned $539,098!
After a total of 4,078 hours (1,992 overtime hours + 2,086 regular hours), Bhavesh Patel, a stationary engineer walked off with the whopping amount.
Based on pure mathematics, it basically indicates that Patel worked an average of 78 hours a week for 52 weeks, assuming he never called out sick or took a day of vacation. The six-figure sum is also supported by a back pay from a new contract settled after a 10-year dispute.
“New York’s sewers run 24 hours a day with more than 1 billion gallons of wastewater and these engineers protect public health by ensuring it all flows in the right direction,” said DEP spokesman Ted Timbers.
Archives showcase that overtime is rampant among engineers due to staff shortfall. More so, due to the qualifications and expertise required by an engineer to perform such a task.
Of the 207 stationary engineers, 99 clocked more than 400 hours of OT and 37 made $100,000 or more.
“I think it suggests that you really do need to look at why,” said Ana Champeny of the Citizens Budget Commission.
Surprisingly so, a six-figure salary would be considered low for an employee in San Francisco,