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   Of all the touchy questions in life age, weight, quality of sex life none may be more taboo than the one that quickly and neatly crystallizes the value of an existence: How much do you make?
   Few people like to disclose their paycheck: not the rich, not the poor, not the in-between.
   Earn too little, and you're subject to ridicule. Earn too much, and you're subject to even more ridicule. Envy, too.
   Yet has there been a time in recent history when a paycheck any paycheck seemed more precious than now, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with unemployment edging toward 10 percent.
   To commemorate Labor Day, The Washington Post has assembled the earnings of 100 Washingtonians, gathering the information through interviews and public records.
   The gallery represents a cross section of official and unofficial Washington, from President Obama to the doorman at the Madison Hotel, from the head of the National Rifle Association to a shoeshine man. There are those who receive their pay in the form of salary and bonuses; there are those who collect theirs in a plastic cup.
   Whatever the form of payment, the numbers suggest that it's good to be J.W. Marriott Jr., the CEO of the hotel chain, whose nearly $10 million in compensation last year was the most of anyone in The Post's gallery.
   Toward the other end of the spectrum, a 77-year-old Abraham Lincoln impersonator took home a grand total of $9,000.
   Then again, money isn't the only measure of a job's worth, no matter what others might think.


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Christopher Kardelis

(25)
Garbage Collector
Fairfax County

$28,675
Matthew Berson

(26)
Regional Airline Pilot
Odenton

$33,750
J.W. Marriott, Jr.

(77)
CEO, Marriott International
Bethesda

$9,989,268
Jimmy McKennelly

(54)
Panhandler
Washington, D.C.

$20 a day
Matthew Wallace

(22)
Retail Sales
Washington, D.C.

$9 an hour
Wayne R. LaPierre

(59)
CEO and Executive Vice President
National Rifle Association
Fairfax County

$673,617
Kevin V. Shubert

(44)
Heavy Equipment Operator
Arlington National Cemetery

$60,250
Wilson Livingood

(73)
House Sergeant-at-Arms
Washington, D.C.

$166,774.98
Lonnie Wade Jr.

(56)
Dead Animal Operator, Department of Public Works
Washington, D.C.

$38,000
Alexander Ovechkin

(23)
Hockey Player
Washington Capitals

$9 million
The Rev. Patrick Riffle

(27)
Priest
Olney

$22,254
Katie Johnson

(27)
Personal Secretary to President Obama
Washington, D.C.

$75,000
Barack Obama

(48)
President of the United States
Washington, D.C.

$400,000
Reggie Love

(27)
Special Assistant and Personal Aide to President Obama
Washington, D.C.

$102,000
Jim Rubin

(77)
Abraham Lincoln Portrayer
Prosperity, W.Va.

$9,000
Hector Panozo

(40)
FedEx Deliveryman
Springfield

$50,000
Jan Chambers

(43)
Psychotherapist
Manassas

$150,000
Wendy R. Mackall

(25)
Firefighter
Montgomery County

$50,868
Dr. John F. Williams

(61)
Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs
George Washington University
Washington, D.C.

$772,500
Jennifer Mendenhall

(49)
Actor
Hyattsville

$18,616
J. Thomas Manger

(54)
Police Chief
Montgomery County

$216,603
Paul Rhymer

(47)
Taxidermist, Model-Maker
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Point of Rocks

$75,000
Bryan Christopher Hilburn

(27)
Bartender
Gladys Knight and Ron Winan's Chicken and Waffles
Largo

$45,000
Gustavo Torres

(48)
Executive Director
CASA of Maryland
Takoma Park

$83,990
Stephen Dumaine

(36)
Tuba Player
National Symphony Orchestra
Washington, D.C.

$125,000
Aja Ishmael

(29)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

$18,580
Freddy Turim

(54)
Caterer
Olney

$65,000
Anthony Bowie

(51)
Letter Carrier
U.S. Postal Service
Washington, D.C.

$40,000
Christine Jones

(38)
Branch Manager
Lorton Community Library
Fairfax County

$63,000
Zack Rosen

(26)
Editor in Chief, Blogger
The New Gay
Washington, D.C.

$36,000
Sonia Sotomayor

(55)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Washington, D.C.

$208,100
Laura Auer

(25)
Wedding Planner
Reston

$21,000
Paul V. Thompson

(55)
Accountant
Alexandria

$100,000
Scott Simon

(57)
Host
National Public Radio
Washington, D.C.

$300,648
Michael M. Kaiser

(55)
President
Kennedy Center
Washington, D.C.

$1,017,690
Emily Koerner

(25)
Public School Teacher, Fourth Grade
Washington, D.C.

$43,650
Melissa Manaker

(47)
Private School Teacher, Eighth Grade
Alexandria

$35,870
Ana Rivera

(41)
Child Care Teacher Assistant
Fairfax City

$20,600
Michelle Rhee

(39)
Schools Chancellor
Washington, D.C.

$275,000
Edwin Zechman

(61)
President and CEO
National Children's Medical Center

$2.1 million
Michael Berman

(39)
Artist
Washington, D.C.

$45,000
Romeo Tchougoue

(40)
Doorman
Madison Hotel
Washington, D.C.

$35,000
Tensay Desalgn

(28)
Part-Time Cabdriver
Washington, D.C.

$12,000
Adrian M. Fenty

(38)
Mayor
District of Columbia

$200,000
Charles Matthew Klein

(41)
Butcher
Charles County

$35,000
Brooke Kohlhorst

(28)
Special Education Teacher
Charles County

$52,549
Christine Lindstrom

(40)
Lobbyist
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Washington, D.C.

$45,000
Michael Kim

(39)
Pharmacist
Washington, D.C.

$130,000
Steven Rogers

(62)
Veterinarian
Falls Church

$150,000
Alberto R. Gonzales

(59)
Former U.S. Attorney General, Visiting Professor of Political Science
Texas Tech University

$100,000
Alberto Gonzales

(26)
Infielder
Washington Nationals

$400,000
Donald E. Graham

(64)
Chairman and CEO
Washington Post Co.

$811,960
James Hohmann

(22)
Reporting Intern
The Washington Post
Washington, D.C.

$44,167.50
Rob Crotty

(27)
Writer
National Archives' Prologue magazine
Washington, D.C.

$57,000
Jon Favreau

(27)
Assistant to President Obama and Director of Speechwriting
Washington, D.C.

$172,200
Anthony H. Griffin

(62)
County Executive
Fairfax County

$240,186.13
Jack B. Johnson

(60)
County Executive
Prince George's County

$174,539
Isiah Leggett

(65)
County Executive
Montgomery County

$171,000
David Parker

(69)
President and CEO
American Gas Association
Washington, D.C.

$1,053,114
Patricia McGuire

(73)
President
Trinity Washington University
Washington, D.C.

$202,000
Gustavo Carpio

(53)
Shoe Shiner
Ashburn

$32,000
Josh Wicks

(25)
Goalkeeper
D.C. United
Washington, D.C.

$42,000
Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr.

(70)
President and CEO
American Gaming Association
Washington, D.C.

$1,325,000
Joseph C. Alston

(38)
Supervisory Probation and Parole Officer
Washington, D.C.

$98,518
Michael Subin

(60)
Part-Time Director
Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission
Montgomery County

$72,075
Master Sgt. William L. Browne

(42)
Drum Major
"The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band
Waldorf

$52,286.40
John J. Sweeney

(75)
Outgoing President
AFL-CIO
Washington, D.C.

$272,250
Jenny Polm

(25)
Mathematics Professor
Montgomery College
Germantown

$50,000
Kassandra Lea Rempel

(36)
Owner
SimplySoles.com shoe store
Washington, D.C.

$43,000
Thomas J. Donohue

(71)
President and CEO
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, D.C.

$3,157,188
Desiree Pitts

(25)
Animal Control Officer
Fairfax County

$57,852
Becky Robinson

(52)
President and Co-founder
Alley Cat Allies
Bethesda

$137,000
Robert Egger

(51)
Founder and President
D.C. Central Kitchen

$85,746
Debbie Gunnell

(52)
Florist
Waldorf

$33,500
Gail Young

(65)
Real Estate Agent
Silver Spring

$150,000
James Webb

(63)
U.S. Senator
Virginia

$174,000
Steny H. Hoyer

(70)
U.S. Congressman, House Majority Leader
Maryland

$193,400
Paul Strauss

(45)
Shadow U.S. Senator
District of Columbia

$0
Emanuel Zelaya

(31)
Courier
Frederick

$80,000
Carol P. Alvarez

(41)
Masseuse
Arlington County

$41,000
Jessica Adkins

(39)
Diplomat
State Department
Washington, D.C.

$116,907
Robert Slavin

(58)
Professor and Director of Research Center
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore

$140,000
Grover Norquist

(52)
President
Americans for Tax Reform
Washington, D.C.

$205,409
Edward Tyler

(46)
Special Police Officer
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

$35,000
John J. DeGioia

(52)
President
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

$607,939
Jeanette Higgins

(46)
Spanish Interpreter and Interpreter Trainer
Columbia

$92,500
Cathy Lanier

(42)
Police Chief
Washington, D.C.

$207,000
Corina Cornejo

(54)
Hairdresser and Salon Owner
Warrentown

$100,000
John Podesta

(60)
President and CEO
Center for American Progress
Washington, D.C.

$283,261
Edwin Meese III

(77)
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow
Heritage Foundation
Washington, D.C.

$293,500
N. Strobe Talbot

(63)
President
Brookings Institution
Washington, D.C.

$412,500
Norma Morales

(23)
Graphic Designer
Washington, D.C.

$47,000
Frederick H. Weisberg

(65)
Associate Judge
Superior Court
Washington, D.C.

$174,000
Jerry D. Weast

(61)
Schools Superintendent
Montgomery County

$242,000
Hillary Rodham Clinton

(61)
Secretary of State
Washington, D.C.

$196,700
Glenn Royall

(42)
Tow Truck Driver
Bowie

$42,000
Turner Kittel

(17)
Pedicab Driver
Washington, D.C.

$150 a day
Rodney C. Taylor

(46)
Associate Director
Prince George's County Animal Management Division
Upper Marlboro

$127,552
Steven Carter

(25)
Corporal
1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment
Fort Belvoir

$49,666
Marion Barry

(73)
City Councilman
Washington, D.C.

$125,583

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