MTD Managing Director salary far exceeds other employees’ pay

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Managing director Karl Gnadt of Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, has an annual salary of $166,809, which was $54,059 more than the second highest annual salary, for 2019-2020, according to the compensation forecast published on the MTD website.

The median salary for the MTD’s employees is $68,411, for 2019-2020. The median salary is the salary for full-time operators, also known as full-time bus operators, which make up most the MTD’s full-time employees. The bus operators make-up 64 percent of the MTD’s full-time employees.

The next highest-paid employees are Chief of Staff Amy Snyder, Chief Administrative Officer Brenda Eilbracht, Chief Operating Officer Korbin Figg, and Finance Director Michelle A. Wright. Each make over $90,000 a year, higher than the median salary of all MTD employees.

In 2017, the MTD awarded Gnadt, who has worked at MTD since 1995 and has been director since July 1, 2014, a five-year contract during which he will be awarded an annual 2.75 percent pay raise. The contract was approved unanimously by the MTD board members and runs until June 30, 2022.

In 2014, when Gnadt started as managing director, he was paid $135,000. In his predecessor’s last year, Bill Volk had a salary of $165,000.

MTD Compensation Report FY18-19

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Employee NamePositionAnnual Salary or WagesTotal CompensationOn Call WagesCar AllowanceTool & Uniform AllowancesHealth Insurance PremiumsDeferred CompensationVacation DaysSick Days
ANTHONY J. ANDERSONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR58156.877174.8620618812.061014
DREW D BARGMANNSPECIAL SERVICES MANAGER64983.75101411.83999.7530428.3350001514
CHRISTOPHER D BELLOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982514
TRAVIS H BLACKEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6500088179.620622973.61514
RYAN A BLACKMANSOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER79437.594640.7511203.2540001514
DARRIN A BLAGMONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.781514
MYLES B BLAKLEYOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.382014
JEREMY S BLUNIEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
STEPHANIE N BLUNIEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
JASON M BLUNIEROPERATIONS - SUPERVISOR / DISPATCHER77464.2911514330178.7175002514
DEBORAH M BOSCH-WHITTPAYROLL & BENEFITS SUPERVISOR62500979783047850001514
ERIC M BROGAMAINTENANCE DIRECTOR90577.26129237.331393.54350.1229916.4530003014
ELIZABETH N BRUNKEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT58545.1987438.2923393.155001514
BRIAN J. BURKETTOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6156880517.8420618743.841514
STANLEY L BUTLEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.382014
JAMIE M CASTLEOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.381514
PAUL O CHAMBERLAINMAINTENANCE-ADVANCED TECHNICIAN72508.884522.6267211341.822514
LAURA L CHAMBERLAINOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782514
SARORN CHANOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.381514
VERN R CHAVEZOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.983014
TOM C CONRADCONTROL CENTER MANAGER85746.18102823.2611077.0860003014
ERIC V COVALOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.382014
GREGORY E COZADMAINTENANCE-ADVANCED TECHNICIAN74508.886482.6267211301.822514
LORRIE A CROSBYOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982514
ELIZABETH A DAVISOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.783014
ROBERT L DEVAULTOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982014
QUINTON L DEVAULTOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782514
JOSH DHOMILLINOIS TERMINAL MANAGER6637597775.530400.510001514
BRENDA EILBRACHTCHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER108478.31138036.7429558.43$-2514
STEVEN F ELLISMAINTENANCE - SUPERVISOR77464.29111834.761191.7630178.7130002514
LOIS E EWINGOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
BRIDGETTE R FADILIOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.382014
JEREMY FENELONTECHNOLOGY SERVICES MANAGER77387.5108567.7530180.2510001014
CHRISTOPHER D. FERGUSONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR54724.878109.920623179.11014
KORBIN FIGGCHIEF OPERATING OFFICER95000112549.765657.761089210001014
GLENN A FINLEYMAINTENANCE-MASTER TECHNICIAN78707.297780.2667218401.062514
RANDAL C FOUTSASSISTANT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR86095.87119926.51324.5530006.0825001514
THOMAS R FRANKSMAINTENANCE-MASTER TECHNICIAN78707.291807.941210.8867211217.862014
NATALIE Y FRAZEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.781514
STEVEN D FREEMANOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.382514
THOMAS B FULLEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.783014
KENNETH A GALLOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
EVAN J GARNEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982014
D JOLENE GENSLERCOMPTROLLER780001111683016830001514
DAVID M GILBERTOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.381514
KARL P GNADTMANAGING DIRECTOR166809.49218058.882566.38291.2828391.81120002514
ANNETTE A GOODRICHASSISTANT SAFETY/TRAINING DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE86095.87111437.9522842.0825002514
SUSAN L GREERDISPATCH CONTROLLER83494.44105616.5511122.11110003014
DEBRA A GRIMESOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
VILAIVONE M GRIMMOPERATIONS - SUPERVISOR / DISPATCHER77464.2911064330178.7130001514
CHRISTOPHER K HALLOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.288416.9820619799.782014
MARK E HARKRADEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
DENNIS E HARPERSCHEDULER / SUPERVISOR83494.44118864.5524370.11110003014
MICHAEL P HEALEAMAINTENANCE - SUPERVISOR77464.29111670.761191.7623014.71100003014
STEVEN M HEATEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982514
LARRY A HELMOPERATIONS - SUPERVISOR / DISPATCHER73195.2105959.330264.125001514
JOEL W HELMICKOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.381514
STEPHEN S. HERTELOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6156880517.8420618743.841514
JERRY A HICKMANOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982014
RANDOLPH A HODGESOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782514
DEBRA M JEANOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
GERALD JOHNSONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
ROBERT J KALTEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6156884816.2420623042.241514
KHALIF T KARIEMOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782514
ROBERT KIRKLANDFACILITIES DIRECTOR86572.01128246.458177.8829996.5635001514
MATHEW A KIRKPATRICKOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.381514
BERNICE KPOROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.781514
MARK B LANGDONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.783014
CHRISTOPHER J LAROEOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6500088179.620622973.61514
MICHAEL LEWALLENOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782514
PATRICK W LINDSTROMMAINTENANCE-TECHNICIAN68411.291988.5867222905.381514
AARON A LUTZMAINTENANCE-TECHNICIAN72508.884522.6267211341.822014
SHAABANI MANDELAOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982514
DEVIN D MCCLAINOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
KYLE G MCCLAINOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6156884816.2420623042.241514
KHRISTINE MCMAHONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.981514
JASON A MCNEELYOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.781514
KIMBERLEE A MEIEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.381514
DOUGLAS F MEYERSOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.983014
CAMRON L MILLSOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.381514
B RICHARD MULLENOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982514
KENNETH L NAPPERINVENTORY SUPERVISOR77464.29119834.761191.7630178.71110003014
JALISSA M NELSONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR58156.881473.2620623110.461014
BRADFORD E NEUMANNOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.383014
DOUGLAS R NIEHAUSOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982014
MARK W OAREMAINTENANCE-MASTER TECHNICIAN76335.1799754.0767222746.92514
DONALD V ORRTECHNICAL SUPPORT SPECIALIST76875108565.530190.515001014
NANCY E OWENSOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
KASANDRA D PARKEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
ORRIN L PEETEOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6500076698206114921514
JOSEPH S RANK JRPLANNER66774.79104194.61027.330392.560002014
ANTHONY REDISIOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.981514
GARY A. REIDOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6156880517.8420618743.841514
RICHARD S RHODESOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.783014
TONDALIA G ROBERTSOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
BRADLEY J ROBINSONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.382014
LAURA J ROUSEOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
CURTIS L RUGGLESOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
BRIAN R RULONOPERATIONS - SUPERVISOR / DISPATCHER77464.2911364330178.7160002514
CARL J SALDEENOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.783014
PATCHES A SAPPOPERATIONS - SUPERVISOR / DISPATCHER68411.2100270.9830359.7815001014
DONAVYN L SEAYOPERATIONS - SUPERVISOR / DISPATCHER77464.2911164330178.7140002014
WANDA K SHADEOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982014
CHARLES R SIMPSONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782514
CORY L. SMALLEYOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR58156.877174.8620618812.061514
ANDREW T SMITHOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.381514
STUART E SMITHMAINTENANCE ADMINISTRATOR84197.44126536.841295.3530044.05110003014
AMY L SNYDERCHIEF OF STAFF1127501395592230945001514
JODI L SPAENHOWEROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.382014
GREGORY S SPANGLOOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6156884816.2420623042.241514
ANDREW M SPICERSAFETY & TRAINING DIRECTOR8700099890.461338.46110525001014
THOMAS R STEWARTOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.382014
ROBERT W STICKELSOPERATIONS - SUPERVISOR / DISPATCHER68411.2101270.9830359.7825001514
JANE SULLIVANGRANTS & GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR7892593638.511213.535001514
PAUL G TAYLOROPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.983014
DANIEL E TEEGARDENOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.287224.1820618606.982514
RAYMOND G THOMASOPERATIONS - SUPERVISOR / DISPATCHER77464.2911564330178.7180003014
NUNN J VANNARATHILLINOIS TERMINAL SUPERVISOR46840.4578131.6430791.195002014
NANCY P WEHLINGOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.781514
ROBIN S WELCHOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
TODD C. WHITTOPERATIONS - SUPERVISOR / DISPATCHER77464.2980964.29$-35002014
GREGORY B WILLIAMSOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.783014
KEOSHA L WILLIAMSOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR6500088179.620622973.61514
JONATHAN N WILSONOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.782014
CHARLES A WILSONOPERATIONS DIRECTOR90000127879.31384.624066.682992825003014
BRADLEY P WITTMAINTENANCE-TECHNICIAN72508.884522.6267211341.822014
MICHELLE A WRIGHTFINANCE DIRECTOR922501236332988315002014
PAUL F YOOSOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.291522.5820622905.383014
PAMELA J ZINDARSOPERATIONS-FULL-TIME OPERATOR68411.280040.9820611423.783014

Along with having the highest annual salary, Gnadt has the largest “on-call wage” of $2,566. Of the 129 employees that MTD Champaign-Urbana lists in its report, 12 have on-call wages. The median on-call wage of these 12 employees is $1,253.

Besides having the largest on-call wage, Gnadt also has the largest car allowance at $8,291. Out of the 129 full-time employees at the MTD, there are five employees that are given a car allowance. The second largest car allowance was given to facilities director Robert Kirkland at $8,178. The average car allowance for the remaining three employees is $4,691.

In addition to having the largest annual salary and on-call wage, Gnadt also has the largest total compensation at $218,058. Gnadt’s total compensation is $78,459 more than the second largest total compensation. 

While Gnadt has the largest annual salary, on-call wage, car allowance and total compensation, he does not have the most vacation days. Thirty days are the maximum amount of vacation days that the MTD awards its employees, and Gnadt was given 25 days. Fifteen vacation days is the most common amount awarded to the MTD’s employees, followed by 20, 25, 30 and 10 days. Of those with 30 vacation days, a little over half are full-time bus operators.

Along with not having the maximum amount of vacation days, Gnadt also does not have the largest insurance premium. Illinois Terminal supervisor Nunn J Vannarath has the largest insurance premium at $30,791. Compared to Vannarath, Gnadt has a health insurance premium that is $2,400 less than Vannarath. The median health insurance premium is $19,089.

Employees with health insurance premiums over $24,000, mainly include supervisors, managers and directors. Employees with health insurance premiums less than $24,000 mainly include full-time bus operators.

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