When many people think of employment the City of Rockford they think of a city with a high level of unemployment and low salaries. While that may true in some instances, I have found this to not be the case, if you can land the right job. If you want to make big money get a job with the City Of Rockford. Public service does pay and it pays well!

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Here are the Top 10 salaries paid to City Of Rockford Employees.

1. PATRIC HAYES - LEGAL DIRECTOR LEGAL DEPARTMENT - $132,736.00
2. CHET EPPERSON - POLICE CHIEF POLICE - $130,048.40
3. JAMES RYAN - CITY ADMINISTRATOR MAYORS OFFICE - $122,364.00
4. DEREK BERGSTEN- ROCKFORD FIRE CHIEF FIRE - $118,777.20
5. TIMOTHY HANSON - PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR -$122,144.00

City Of Rockford Photo[/caption]In case you are wondering, politics in Rockford also pays very well. Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey gets paid $105,960.40 and is guaranteed a job for four years.

The City of Rockford employees salary database is matter a public record. If you want to find out how much your favorite City of Rockford employee makes, get the complete salary database here.

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Education pays pretty well too. Here are the Top 5 Salaries paid to employees who work for the Rockford School District (as of 2012):

 

Sheffield LaVonne Rockford SD 205 Rockford District Superintendent $192,712.69
Cyrus Colleen Rockford SD 205 Rockford Assistant District Superintendent $131,080.66
Hite-Carter Angela Roosevelt Center Rockford High School Principal $116,985.70
Davis Jill Guilford High School Rockford Junior High/Middle Principal $115,894.00
Hernandez Earl Rockford SD 205 Rockford Director $113,374.14

You can check out the complete list of salaries given to all employees of Rockford School District Employee salaries HERE 

Now,  if you are not lucky enough to get a job in with the city or the school district, you might try one of these. According to USAWAGE.COM has a listing of the TOP paying average salaries of occupations (outside the public sector) in Rockford. Here is the Top 5.

1 Physicians and Surgeons $179,740
2 Chief Executives $134,080
3 Pharmacists $121,820
4 Veterinarians $117,940
5 General Dentists $113,710

Get the complete Rockford List here. 

Finally, my favorite job on the list: Charming Q98.5 radio personality - $8.25 / hr + Free food.