ST. LOUIS — Airport administration pays well.

Six of the city of St. Louis' 30 highest-paid employees are executives of the St. Louis Airport Authority, which operates St. Louis Lambert International Airport. They earned a combined $892,128 for 2019. The city has stated that if plans to privatize Lambert succeed, the city will require the new airport operator to offer jobs to all the airport's current government employees.

Other highly paid city employees included Mayor Lyda Krewson, Police Chief John Hayden Jr. and Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, as well as City Counselor Julian Bush and two deputy city counselors.

Among all city employees earning more than $25,000 a year, the average 2019 salary is $52,809 — a 5% increase over last year. The median salary also increased by 5%, to $49,270.

Check out the St. Louis Business Journal story for a gallery of the 30 highest-paid city of St. Louis employees, along with a searchable database.

Want to make money in higher education? Try teaching surgery. Nine of the 25 highest-paid college and university employees in 2018 were surgery professors, and an additional six held medical roles. The majority of the highest-paid employees in Missouri and Southern Illinois worked at Washington University, which drew $4.8 billion in 2018 revenue.

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