Real People's Paychecks
Job: Competitive ballroom dancer and owner of Viva Dance! a New York City-style ballroom studio that specializes in competitive technique and social dancing
Income: $0. Because her studio is only a couple years old, virtually all the money she earned $70 an hour teaching and $100 an hour performing has been put back into the business.
Her former life: In New York, Rebecca was a principal dancer with the foremost salsa dance company in the world, the Eddie Torres Dancers. As a competitive Latin dancer, she has competed, performed and taught throughout the globe in places such as Greece, Turkey, Italy and Holland.
Who is the biggest celebrity you've ever worked with? Robert DeNiro, though my longtime coach is Louis van Amstel, the professional partner of Lisa Rinna and Monique Coleman on "Dancing with the Stars"
Spender or saver? I'm a bit of both. I love nice things, but I'd rather not pay extra, so I'm a big sales shopper
What's in her wallet: $40
Do financial risks scare you? "No, not at all. Starting my business was a huge financial risk, but failure isn't an option for me. I believe I can make this work.
What is the most you've spent on a ballroom dress? $2,500. It's yellow with lots of rhinestones.
What made you decide to open your studio in Cleveland? "I grew up here, and aside from the city being familiar and my family being here, I wanted to bring back what I learned in New York. I think having a studio like this is great for Cleveland
Job: Bounty hunter
Income: High $50,000s
On commission: Mota, who is paid by ABC Bail Bonds, earns 10 percent of the bond on the person he captures. An average bond, he says, is $1,000, meaning he takes home $100.
Strategy: "It's a game of chess" Mota says. "It's a thinking game." Yes, you need to physically apprehend someone, but you never get the chance if you can't find them.
His gear: A 9mm Smith & Wesson, handcuffs, badge, flashlight and bulletproof vest.
Before bounty hunting: Mota served on an Air Force military SWAT team, followed by a stint on a tactical response team at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant, where he was "bored out of my mind."
Stud: When Mota left his job at Perry, he happily ditched the required clean-cut look by getting a diamond stud earring, a tattoo and growing his hair long.
His financial goal: Buying a house in Florida, where he already has a condo.What's in his wallet: $150
In shape: Mota works out nearly every day. "Most of these guys are runners,"he says. He's got to be able to catch them with enough energy left to cuff them
Not like on TV: "We're not in it for the crazy stuff," he says. "We always try to get them to do the right thing. We try to talk them out of a house." If it doesn't work, that's when they kick the door in.
Biggest luxury: Every eight to nine months, Mota and his wife go on a vacation. Last year they went to Bora Bora, and their next planned trip is to Jamaica.
Job: Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Strongsville
Big very big connections: As one of the "preferred Realtors" of the Cleveland Browns, Cuevas has helped buy homes for some of the team's top draft picks. (But even if you're an everyday accountant, lawyer or upwardly mobile professional, she can help you find or sell your dream home, too.)
What football players want: Proximity to downtown, Berea and the airport, as well as open floor plans, finished basements and plenty of room for family coming into town
What's in her wallet: $75
Spender or saver: Both. While saving is important to her, Cuevas says she likes what she and will save up to buy it. For example, she completely renovated her Strongsville home, built in 1978, in a California contemporary style.
Learning early: Cuevas, a single mother, makes a point of teaching her three kids, ages 9, 11 and 13, about money. For unloading the dishwasher, doing laundry and taking the trash out, they each receive $10 a week. However, they must deposit half of it, along with any other money they receive as gifts, into their savings accounts. Each of the kids monitors their own bank statements, writing in the interest and calculating their savings.
The most she ever spent on a pair of shoes: Just recently, $198 on a pair of Donald Pliner strappy heels. She also likes spending money on ... worthy charities, especially health and wellness for children
Alexander Sandy Cutler
Chairman, CEO and president, Eaton Corp
Why so high? In 2005, Cutler got a 4 percent raise thanks to his "consistent effective performance,"according to Eaton's proxy statement. His base salary, the report continues, is positioned just above the median salary level as reported in surveys of comparably-sized industrial companies.
Guard Cleveland Cavaliers
High tops: At No. 25, Hughes is the only Cavalier who ranks in the top 25 in salary among NBA players, according to The Dallas Morning News
Center Cleveland Cavaliers
Wide receiver Cleveland Browns
The catch? Based on his 61 receptions in 2006, that $126,885.25 per grab.
Chairman and CEO The Sherwin-Williams Co.
Henry Meyer III
Chairman, president and CEO KeyCorp
Chairman & CEO National City Corp.
Forward Cleveland Cavaliers
Give the man his change: Forbes magazine estimated The Chosen One overall income at $26 million last year, which put him at No. 46 (double his jersey number) on the list of Top 100 Celebrities.
Kellen Winslow Jr.
Tight end Cleveland Browns
CEO Cleveland Clinic
Quarterback Cleveland Browns
Forward Cleveland Cavaliers
President The Jewish Community Foundation
President Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Head of school Hathaway Brown
CEO Cleveland Schools
Comps: Sanders is the highest-paid schools superintendent in the state. Cincy super is second, with a salary of $203,820. Still, it's far less than Barbara Byrd-Bennett made at her peak $325,300.
Executive director The George Gund Foundation
President United Way of Greater Cleveland
Paycheck percentage: Benz salary comprises about 0.4 percent of his nonprofit yearly $50 million total expenses.
Director of port control City of Cleveland
Tops in town: Smith is the highest-paid employee of the city of Cleveland.
Head of School Lake Ridge Academy
$169,950 Thomas Schorgl
Executive director Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
Small weapons repair
Good pay, far away: Ehasz, who is from Lorain, is currently based in Kuwait. He previously served in the Marines.
David C. Estrop
Superintendent Lakewood City Schools
Second job: Estrop earns an additional $26,265 for overseeing the West Shore Career-Technical Education District for students from Lakewood, Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Superintendent Beachwood City Schools
Mayor City of Cleveland
Deputy general manager of engineering and project management Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Makeover man: Schipper heads the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project.
Chief of fireCity of Cleveland
MayorCity of Parma
Out-earned: Both Parma police and fire chiefs make more than DePiero with their $97,500 salaries.
Commissioner Cuyahoga County
Executive director Citizens Academy K-5 charter school in Cleveland
City manager Chardon
First job: Delivering papers for The Cleveland Press. Does he remember how much he made? heck no, he laughs. But I still remember every house on those streets that took the paper.
Executive-in-residence Cleveland State University
Quite a cut: As CEO of Cleveland Schools, Byrd-Bennett earned $325,300 annually.
Executive director The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio
Cox Funeral director E.F. Boyd and Son Funeral Homes Inc., East Cleveland
Sympathetic service: In this business, you have to be sweet, but you still have to get paid, says Cox, whose grandfather opened the home in 1905. It's a difficult balance.'s The average funeral costs around $6,000, she says, but their profit is only about $500.
President Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association
Off the streets: Loomis, who has been at his new job as union head since January 2006, says he misses just being out on the road. The best part of his new post? Helping the guys. That's it in a nutshell.
control manager for the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building modernization project Dick Corp., Cleveland
Executive director The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland
Food for thought: With 36 hunger centers across Cuyahoga County, the network serves approximately 58,000 people per month, half of whom are children. Her salary equates to about 8 cents per person served annually.
Registered nurse Community Health Partners, Lorain
Her passion: I love science and human anatomy, but decided on nursing because I didn't want to go through all the school to be a doctor. And, besides, I like the more hands-on, direct patient care aspect of nursing.
Professional actor for more than 20 years, Cleveland
Less work: There was a time when my wife and I were both making six figures as full-time actors. Now we are making about half of that, Violand says, adding that over the past 15 years the amount of work for actors in Cleveland has decreased.
Social worker Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services
Raising the bar: By day, she makes the world a better place by investigating between 20 and 30 abuse and neglect cases a month. By night, she makes the world a happier place by serving up drinks four nights a week. I make more bartending than I do here, she says.
DirectorNortheast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless
Satisfied with his salary: I think it is important, he says, to have a modest salary when working on poverty issues. Plus, I always hate to see such a disparity in salaries between the CEO and the entry staff. This is an obscene trend and should not take hold in the nonprofit sector.
Nurse Century Oak Care Center, Middleburg Heights
Customer service Chesterton Marketing, Cleveland
Bartender Smoky Bones, North Ridgeville
About $24,000 a year
Breakdown: Doman makes $6.70 an hour, plus tips
Ashley Tunnell Shaunah Norwood Eric Jackson Emmanuel Onunwor Jane Campbell John Wheeler
Title 1 parent coordinator Lorain schools
Security lieutenant (part time) Quicken Loans Arena
Convict FCI Morgantown, West Virginia
12 cents to 40 cents an hour.
Bet that old job looks pretty good right now: Onunwor, the former mayor of East Cleveland, was sentenced to nine years on charges of racketeering and tax evasion. While prison officials would not disclose exactly what Onunwor does behind bars, they say that most convicts work about 7.5 hours a day in such jobs as food service, plumbing or grounds keeping. At 20 cents per hour, Onunwor will have to work about 13,000 years to earn the $5.1 million in restitution he was ordered to pay East Cleveland.
PresidentJ ane L. Campbell Consulting
Start-up: The former mayor of Cleveland (who made about $115,000 in 2003) says that, because she is investing in the business, she is not receiving a paycheck yet.
Mayor Village of Hunting Valley
How low can you go? Wheeler, who puts in about 10 hours a week as the mayor of the fourth wealthiest municipality in the country, tried to get on the village government's health plan, but did't qualify because he has no earned income. Go figure he jokes. In his prior, profitable life, he was an attorney, but declined to share his salary with us, saying only, I earned more than enough to put food on the table.
12:00 AM EST
March 27, 2007