I received a courtesy call from John Jay's legal department about a FOIL (freedom of information law) request made for my records. One person, whom I won't name but I presume reads this, wanted A) my letter of appointment and B) to know how much I make. You'll have to trust me that I did get my job, but my salary is public record! Here, as they say, let me google that for you.
Of course it always is a bit creepy to know somebody cares enough about you to file a FOIL request. But dude, why waste your time? Just ask.
I've always been open about how much I make. People, workers in particular, should talk more about how much or little they make. Knowledge is power. Only your boss and rich people want everything hush-hush.
Here, this is better than what you got from John Jay. It's my W-2:
My base salary is $88,418 (I had to look that up). My pay check? My monthly take-home pay? About $4,000. My income was lower last year because I was on sabbatical for the academic year 2014-2015, which meant I was earning 80 percent.
Add to that a couple thousand dollars from Princeton Press royalties for Cop in the Hood, a few hundred for Greek Americans, $1,200 for my published op-eds, and $2,300 income from airbnb rentals. There were a couple "modest honoraria" in there as well, probably less than $1,000 total. With no kids, no car, an affordable mortgage, and a working wife, we are, as they say, comfortable.
If there's anything else I can help you with, just let me know.