Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA has 525 engineers, conductors and assistant conductors to run its railroad.
Not one works a 40-hour week.
Because of a shortage of qualified workers, the complex nature of rush-hour scheduling, and SEPTA's desire to limit costs for employee benefits, all engineers and conductors work overtime every week, and are paid accordingly.
The typical engineer or conductor is paid for 67 hours a week. The typical engineer earned $85,450 in 2007, SEPTA records show. Forty-three made more than $100,000 last year, and the top-earning engineer made $140,917.
The typical conductor earned $70,766 last year, and the highest-paid conductor made $133,179.