To help you keep track of where both sides stand in the BART contract negotiations, here are our best estimates of current average salaries by bargaining unit based on the 2012 Public Employee Salary Database, which includes the pay and benefits cost for every BART employee.

This page will be updated as new contracts are proposed. Last updated 10:27 pm Oct. 21 to reflect tentative agreements and the end of the strike.

Current pay averages

Average Base1Median Base1Average Gross1Median Gross1
AFSCME$91,371.29$93,060.11$104,392.04$104,392.04
ATU$56,184.97$62,614.00$78,369.22$77,782.57
BPMA$106,271.37$109,638.48$145,137.39$142,576.74
BPOA$74,170.49$77,735.09$98,864.11$93,940.11
SEIU$63,529.55$73,410.40$77,587.35$80,504.36
Non-Union$106,006.04$107,768.96$110,936.99$113,619.45

1. Averages based on the 2012 pay of employees on the books as of July 2, 2013. Click here for a complete list of 2012 BART employee salaries.

Estimated economic impact of the BART strike

 Cost Per Day (est.)Total Cost of July/Oct. Strikes
Bay Area2$73,000,000$620,500,000
BART3$1,100,000$9,350,000
Average Striking Employee4$299.59$2,546.52
ATU  $301.42$2,562.07
SEIU  $298.41$2,536.49

2. Estimate according to the Bay Area Council via Twitter.
3. Estimate based on BART's 2012 operating revenue divided by 365.
4. Estimate of lost pre-tax income based on the average ATU and/or SEIU employee salary divided by 260 weekdays in a year.

Projected average pay under the latest BART and union contract proposals5

BART Proposal6Union Proposal (Min)7
AFSCME2013$106,128.90$106,860.44
2014$109,142.86$110,655.32
2015$112,247.23$114,854.99
2016$115,444.75
ATU2013$76,459.82$77,872.76
2014$78,583.70$80,546.95
2015$80,771.31$83,506.39
2016$83,024.54
BPMA2013$148,521.65$149,533.13
2014$152,688.95$154,780.18
2015$156,981.26$160,586.92
2016$161,402.35
BPOA2013$99,194.84$99,870.98
2014$101,980.53$103,378.45
2015$104,849.79$107,260.05
2016$107,805.13
SEIU2013$79,496.50$80,029.06
2014$81,690.67$82,791.75
2015$83,950.66$85,849.12
2016$86,278.46

5. Numbers reflect the last known proposals from both sides. They will be replaced by the Oct. 21 tentative agreement as soon as it is released.
6. Projected averages calculated by applying the October 14, 2013 BART proposal to average base and overtime pay and assuming that other contributions to gross pay will stay consistent.
7. Projected averages calculated by applying the October 2, 2013 union proposal to 2012 average base and overtime pay and assuming that other contributions to gross pay will stay consistent. The proposal also includes an additional 0.1% increase for each 0.1% increase in ridership over projections, which could push the final value higher.


Union Information


NameMembersCommon Job TitlesStatus
AFSCMEAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees216Train Controller
Operations Supv
Tentative Agreement
ATUAmalgamated Transit Union929Train Operator
Station Agent
Tentative Agreement
BPMABART Police Managers' Association45Police Sergeant
Police Lieutenant
Tentative Agreement
BPOABART Police Officers' Association211Police Officer
Community Services Officer
Tentative Agreement
SEIUService Employees International Union1,438Transit Vehicle Mechanic
Utility Worker
Tentative Agreement

Contact Daniel J. Willis at dwillis@bayareanewsgroup.com. For facts and figures about the Bay Area follow twitter.com/BayAreaData