DENVER — While the Regional Transportation District's median salary of $81,366 for full-time workers is lower than several departments within the City of Denver, 37 full-time employees of the transit agency made more than $150,000 per year, according to a new Denver Business Journal analysis. In comparison, the median salary of employees of the City Attorney’s Office is $125,564, Technology Services department is $105,875 and Community Planning and Development department is $97,610.
At the top of the organization, Dave Genova, RTD's CEO and general manager who announced his retirement last month amid service reduction discussions, was one of the highest-paid government executives in Denver. His salary was higher than other city of Denver leaders including Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day, who made $266,143 per year, and Denver District Attorney Elizabeth McCann, who made $223,998 per year.
RTD’s median salary excludes the vast majority of its more than 2,500 workers who are paid hourly. For instance, Bruce Abel, director of special projects for RTD’s executive office, receives $77.44 per hour. Of RTD’s unionized employees, 71 make $33.03 an hour and bus operators make between $19.98 and $25.31 per hour, depending on routes.
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