Who Makes What

“The Fine Print,” or How We Compiled a List Like This Nobody likes to tell you how much money they make. Neighbors drop hints to neighbors — the new in-ground pool, the cherry red BMW — but that actual paycheck is a deep secret. Let them guess what the IRS takes April 15. This is not a list of up-to-the-minute salaries. In fact, nearly every salary we list here is probably lower than what a person earns today. Some of the earners have moved on to other jobs, some may even have passed away, but this is a snapshot of the most current figures for each position we were able to uncover. The numbers came mostly from four sources. We asked a few people point blank, but it would have taken a year to get a decent list that way. The numbers for town and state employees are public record. That’s the most accurate list we have, but it’s two months old. It shows Mike Nolin as a special assistant to the head of Environmental Services, a role that has since ended. The salaries for employees of nonprofit agencies, such as private schools and hospitals, came from the 990 forms they file to justify their tax-free status. Most of those were for 2005, but the latest year for a few organizations was 2004. We show Ann Hart making $207,000 as president of UNH, but she has moved to Temple University where she replaced David Adamany, who was earning $478,000. Salaries and perks for the highest paid CEOs came from proxy statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Those are recent and accurate — a firm must tell the feds about changes in salary to its top managers, as the news might affect the price of company stock. The wild card in the equation is the value of stock and options awards as bonuses. The salary of Nick Clemons, N.H. Democratic Party executive director, came from the party’s actual budget approved last December, but the other political salaries are from the Congressional Web site. It’s dated. Yes, we know the staff members of former Congressmen Jeb Bradley and Charlie Bass are former employees, too. But their numbers are a pretty good guess for what Paul Hodes might be paying. The Web site, by the way, shows earnings for half a year. We assumed the annual pay was double that amount. Maybe it wasn’t. We also used public and private wage surveys. Several Web sites have pay calculators that glean confidential salaries from people at specific jobs who want to find out salaries at other companies. That’s a pretty good data trade, and the information might be accurate in the aggregate, which is how we use it here. So, read this article with a little skepticism, knowing where the facts came from. They’re still fun and may be useful, with no malice intended to anyone. Kernels of Wisdom from the Employment Commissioner Richard Brothers, who makes $94,584 a year, by the way, watches a high-stakes game of Chutes and Ladders: the winners-fast-become-losers job market. As head of Employment Security, he knows the obvious. The baby boomers are aging, too many young folks are leaving the state and the rich are retiring here for the low taxes on their nest eggs. So follow the money. Look for the health, dental and financial fields to hire a lot of people, according to Brothers. Those industries already draw talent here from other states, the demand is so great. That trend will deepen. “Our schools can’t turn out a fourth of the nurses we need,” Brothers says. “It used to be you could walk into a hospital and be an aide. Now it takes too much skill. Our community technical colleges have to play a major role in training all these people.” The paper industry has moved to Brazil and textiles to China. Wages are lower in those countries, Brothers explains, health care is cheaper and environmental protection is lax. The state’s manufacturing base has to focus on software and biotech, where whole industries can be pioneered. Research and university settings like Pease Development Center in Portsmouth will fuel the economy, he predicts. “That’s the kind of partnerships we need. Everybody wins,” Brothers says. “And graduates of our technical colleges stay home. The brain drain is the kids who go to school in the big cities and acclimate to the high wages. The farther north you go the harder it is to keep them. NH Public Safety Bill Flynn: $105,396 safety commissioner Bill Wrenn: $104,396 corrections commissioner Barry Hunter: $99,800 State Police major, Concord Earl Sweeney: $99,778 assistant safety commissioner Bruce Cattell: $94,584 Prison warden, Concord Ken Clark: $94,584 adjutant general Chris Pope: $94,584 homeland security director Steve Barrett: $83,021 state police captain Robert Quinn: $78,744 state police lieutenant, Epping Kathy Perozzi: $24,200 fingerprint clerk, Concord Jay Bernier: $23,941 dorm supervisor, Laconia Prison Ken McKay: $22,173 prison guard, Concord Jane Audet: $21,567 radio dispatcher, West Swanzey Jon Alexander: $20,706 youth development councilor trainee Jason Gray: $16,640 corrections officer, Berlin Medical Tom Andrew: $131,148 state’s chief medical examiner Craig Coldwell: $127,047 chief MD at N.H. Hospital Jose Montero: $124,047 state’s chief epidemiologist John Stephen: $108,990 commissioner, Health & Human Services Steve Mosher: $81,983 Medicaid director Chester Batchelde:r $89,388 superintendent NH Hospital Nursing Coordinator: $84,223 Mental Health Worker II: $25,761 Pharmacy Technician, Concord: $25,500 Dental Assiatant, Concord: $24,459 Recreation Therapist, Tilton: $24,218 Lab Assistant II, Concord: $23,303 Nursing Aide Trainee: $22,266 Mental Health Trainee, Concord: $21,954 Arts & Culture Michael York: $81,983 state librarian Library Assistant: $19,980 Director: $500-$1000 community theatre, per play Director: $3500-$5000 professional theatre, per play Environmental Tom Burack: $102,365 environmental services commissioner George Bald: $102,365 DRED commissioner Park Manager II, Washington: $24,200 Lee Perry: $89,388 director, Fish and Game Mike Nolin: $85,235 special policy advisor Fish Culturist, New Hampton: $23,941 Environmental Technician $23,304 Law John Broderick: $137,730 chief justice of Supreme Court Jim Duggan: $133,554 Supreme Court justice Robert Lynn: $133,554 chief justice of superior courts David Kent: $126,750 special justice, Plymouth Kelly Ayotte: $105,396 attorney general Howard Zibel: $104,300 general counsel, state judiciary Harriet Fishman: $101,418 marital master, Portsmouth Ray Taylor: $99,274 clerk, Rockingham County Court Ann Rice: $95,089 associate attorney general Courtroom Clerk, Nashua: $24,400 Court Assistant, Ossipee: $21,553 Peter Bronstein: $15,777 special judge, Plaistow Transportation Carol Murray: $105,396 transportation commissioner Jeff Brillhart: $97,249 deputy transportation commissioner Virginia Beecher: $94,584 director of motor vehicles Bill Cass: $81,939 I-93 widening project director Auto Technician, Concord: $24,856 Truck Driver, Concord: $23,941 Toll Attendant, Nashua: $23,005 Chauffeur, Concord: $23,303 Information Center Worker: $21,445 Highway Maintainer, Dover: $21,216 Gate Operator, Portsmouth: $21,486 Education Ann Hart: $207,000 UNH president Doug McDonald: $131,250 superintendent at Timberlane Howard Colter: $122,000 superintendent at Oyster River Lyonel Tracy: $102,365 education commissioner Bill Simonton: $102,365 Voc Tech college commissioner Mark Conrad: $93,000 business administrator, Bedford Schools Stephen Bartlett: $88,314 business administrator, Portsmouth Paul Leather: $82,311 director, career & adult learning, Concord Jo Ellen Divoll: $80,000 superintendent at Franklin John Handfield: $30,160 part-time superintendent, Lempster Shirley Beamis: $27,951 business administrator, Monroe Megan Wilson: $24,200 teacher assistant I, Stratham State & Federal Politicians Elected Official: $165,200 U.S. senator or congressman Paul Collins: $158,500 chief of staff for John Sununu Joel Maiola: $158,060 chief of staff for Judd Gregg John Lynch: $108,990 governor John Mashburn: $154,612 policy director for Judd Gregg James Barnett: $99,686 legislative director for John Sununu Bill Gardner: $94,584 secretary of state Sheila Boyd: $90,676 scheduler for Judd Gregg Linda Hodgdon: $81,947 governor’s policy advisor Debra Vanderbee:k $76,682 former chief of staff for Jeb Bradley Nick Clemons: $75,000 NH Democratic Party executive director Darwin Cusack: $70,889 former chief of staff for Charlie Bass Matt Leahy: $52,334 projects assistant for Judd Gregg Francis Furtado: $51,034 former policy director for Charlie Bass Kathleen Strand: $48,600 Democratic Party press secretary Anne Mitchell: $43,334 caseworker for Judd Gregg Pam Montez: $11,022 mailroom aide for Judd Gregg A Support Group in Cyberspace Three alumni of a virtual job seekers group in Londonderry say it helped them weather bouts of unemployment that tested who they were and who they really wanted to be. At the bottom of the dot.com crash, five years ago, sometimes 40 and 50 scared people would show up twice a month for face-to-face meetings of the Nutfield Networking group. The volunteer agency slowly worked itself out of business as the economy got better, but hundreds of members still check out its chat-room postings of openings, questions and tips. You can find it at www.nutfieldnetworking.com, a good place for folks who need helpers in the job search for something better, or maybe something at all. The group’s philosophy? Meet the people who will help you meet the people you need to meet. Stay upbeat. Set small, doable daily goals to keep you moving in the right direction. The co-founders of the group, Marty Bourque and Vince Pelliccia of Londonderry, stay active in it just to give back what they gladly took — advice, cheer, feedback, training in guerilla job searching and links to jobs, to experts and to possible bosses. Bourque was earning six figures at his career height as corporate logistics manager for the Malden Mills a few years ago. Out of work in 2001, he did a string of freelance gigs for a couple of years, threw himself into Nutfield, then got another regular job as a transportation broker. “I’m making about half what I did back then,” he says. “You can do the math. It’s base plus a chance to make commission.” Pelliccia rode the same roller coaster from business manager to jobless grunt to vice president of sales for a high-tech start-up based in Houston. He’d been a boss in a failing market. “That’s a formula for heartache,” he says. This time he works from his home and won’t say what he earns. “I can just tell you I’m very well taken care of,” he says. “For a period there, Nutfield was maybe the only source of ideas and hope for a lot of people in it.” Mark Hargreaves of Derry was out of work 18 months, a precious chance to help his dad die. The ordeal deepened his religious faith and so did the Nutfield group. He’d been an exports and imports manager making $87,000, plus commissions. His new job as a purchasing agent with Royal KPN in Burlington, Mass., pays in the mid 60s. “I still subscribe to Nutfield,” Hargreaves says. “I post all the vacancies at my company. I’m eager to help anyone in the same position I was in.” If it ever needs to, Nutfield is poised to go real-time, face-to-face again. NH Hospitality Industry Restaurant jobs (median pay) Salaried staff manager: $50,000 executive chef: $50,000 assistant manager: $42,900 cook: $22,900 Hourly staff bartender: $20/hr counting tips waiter/waitress: $15.88/hr counting tips bus person: $10/hr counting tips food preparer: $9.50/hr cashier: $8/hr Hospitality Industry Lodging jobs (median pay) Salaried staff sales director: $54,000 general manager: $52,000 engineer: $36,900 front office manager: $35,900 assistant manager: $30,900 head housekeeper: $28,000 Hourly staff accounting clerk: $12.50/hr night auditor: $10/hr security guard: $9.70/hr office clerk: $9.50/hr room service: $8/hr laundry aide: $7.63/hr Source: New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association Salaries of Top Managers at Large N.H. Companies PC Connection Co-founders Patricia Gallup and David Hall together own 68 percent of the stock in a company that earned profits of $163 million in 2005, $152 million in 2004 and $138 million in 2003. Fisher Scientific CEO Paul Montrone had a salary of $1.1 million in 2005, earned a bonus of $1.1 million and received 365,000 stock options. The previous year he earned $1.1 million with a bonus of $1.9 million, but got no stock options. Brookstone CEO Michael Anthony earned $650,000 in salary in 2004, a $1.3 million bonus, and 888,000 stock awards. Phil Roizin, the vice president for finance, earned $312,000, plus a $244,000 bonus and 400,000 stock awards. Nashua Corporation CEO Thomas Brooker makes $400,000 this year, his first full year on the job, and can earn as much as $800,000 in bonuses. Standex International CEO Roger Fix earned $642,000 in salary, plus a $385,000 bonus and stock awards worth $1.2 million. Pennichuck Corporation Former CEO Don Correll earned $261,000 in 2005, plus 15,667 stock options and $83,000 in other compensation. Executive vice president Steve Densberger earned $139,000, plus 9,330 stock options. Environmental Power Corporation President Kamlesh Tejwani earned $225,000 in salary in 2005 and 2004. His salary was $379,000 in 2003, when he also received 571,429 stock options. Company co-founders Joe Cresci and Don Livingston each earned $225,000 in 2005 and 200,000 stock options. Presstek CEO Edward Marino earned $437,000, a $68,000 bonus, 150,000 stock options and an additional $95,000. Exec. V.P. Moosa E. Moosa earned $247,000, a $50,000 bonus and 80,000 stock options. Tyco CEO Edward Breen earned $1.6 million in 2005, a bonus of $1.5 million, 5.7 million shares of stock and $1.2 million in other compensation. Former CEO Dennis Kozlowksi is appealing a sentence of 8-and-1/3 to 25 years in prison for defrauding the same company. He was also fined $70 million and ordered to pay a $134 million restitution in concert with former Chief Financial Officer Mark Schwartz. The case is under appeal. Timberland Company CEO Jeffrey Swartz earned $788,000 in 2005, a bonus of $958,000 and $923,000 in other compensation. He last earned stock in 2003, worth $3.6 million. Executive vice president Kenneth Pucker earned $519,000 in salary in 2005 and a $1.9 million bonus. His last stock award, also in 2003, was worth $2.2 million. Teradyne CEO Michael Bradley earned $530,000 in 2005 and a $386,000 bonus. He received $477,000 in salary in 2004, a $595,000 bonus and 450,000 stock options. Gregory Beecher, the chief financial officer, earned $331,000 in 2005, plus a $202,000 bonus. Source: Securities Exchange Commission filings Teaching (average pay by school district) Stewartstown: $28,695 Jackson: $35,502 Madison: $40,826 Bartlett: $43,975 Allenstown: $44,344 Waterville Valley: $45,853 Rye: $51,964 Salem: $52,880 Seabrook: $53,717 Lyme: $54,829 Stratham: $58,673 Hanover: $62,029 Livable Pay is Two to Four Times the Minimum Wage The state’s minimum wage has been stuck at $5.15 an hour for a decade, while the costs of oil, gasoline, rent, mortgages, pills, food and cars have skyrocketed. The average minimum for other states is $6.50. Every year the Legislature shoots down a bill from the Democrats to raise our rock bottom pay by 50 cents or a buck. This time they have some new political majorities and policy ammunition. A recent report by UNH said the barebones, a livable wage here is typically twice the federal poverty level or more. A single adult must make $10.50 an hour or $22,000 a year. A single mom with two kids needs to earn $19.50 an hour to hold things together and cover her child care costs. Those will soak up a fourth of her income. They’ve risen 88 percent in the last five years. Mike Hill, president of the N.H. Hospital Association, says the state has the next-to-lowest poverty rate and ranks fifth in median income, but it’s still a tough place to survive. Health insurance premiums have climbed 103 percent in the past seven years. “You and I know we’re not all rich,” he says. “We see a lot of patients paying for hospital care with credit cards. You’re in big trouble if you have to do that.” Gordon Allen, head of the state’s Association for Nonprofits, says the poor find themselves paying interest at 500-700 percent a year on their borrowing. And they have to do a lot of it. “We have good people who pay $22 every week to get $100 for paycheck advances,” he explains. Here’s the hard news for working stiffs, documented for UNH by Windham economist Daphne Kenyon, author of “Basic Needs & Livable Wage.” She cautiously defined the subsistence budget as food, rent, utilities, basic phone, clothes, household expenses, car costs, child care, health care and a piddling $100 monthly allowance for trips to Burger King or Aspen. No investments, no high-speed cable, no cell phone, no college tuition payments, no savings. Hand to mouth. Here are the statewide average numbers. The paycheck has to increase as much as $5.50 an hour if the employer offers no health insurance, and many firms do not. The state’s median wage is $14.66 an hour, which explains all the two- and three-job workers. Kenyon said the cost of living in the North Country is 10-16 percent less than in the southern tier, but wages are correspondingly lower. “The average person thinks if you earn a dollar more than poverty, you can make it. That’s not what we found,” Kenyon says. Here’s what she found workers must earn per hour in the two New Hampshires. Coos County is cheapest and Rockingham County the most costly. NH
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