New York City Sewer Worker Makes $772,000 -- In One Year New York City Sewer Worker Makes $772,000 -- In One Year - Careers Articles Okay, while I think the pay is a bit high, I don't have a problem with the back pay. What does bother me though is the fact the guy made $173,000 in overtime pay in one year. Generally speaking, overtime pay is not a good thing if you are an employer, unless it is a small amount and helps you avoid the need to hire another full-time person to whom you will also need to pay benefits. But this guy's overtime pay is almost enough to hire two more full-time people. This is the kind of thing that infuriates taxpayers.