Nonprofit website publishes database of city salaries _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu, pictured in the forefront, is the city's 10th highest paid employee earning $150,765 a year. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, however, is the third-highest paid city worker, taking in $186,252 annually.

The nonprofit news website The Lens has published an online searchable database listing the annual salaries of 4,079 full-time New Orleans city government employees.

The highest-paid person in the city’s payroll system is Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad. He earns $287,547 a year. As a point of comparison, the aviation director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who oversees six airports, earns $235,014 a year.

The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans handles its own payroll and, thus, is not included in the data. However, its incoming director, Cedric Grant, will earn $210,000 a year. That’s $4,000 more than his predecessor, Marcia St. Martin.

This story was originally published by The Lens, an independent, nonprofit newsroom serving New Orleans. Continue reading full story here.

Editor’s note: This story was changed on Aug. 8 to correct Iftikhar Ahmad’s salary.