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Small-group pay rises, is comparable to some midsize groups

Median change in CEO compensation is 3.6%, with big contribution from bonuses

CEO salary small group infographic

Nov. 8, 2019
By William Ehart

Smaller-group CEO salaries continued their modest but steady upward march with another year of a median increase of 3.5% or higher.

CEO Update analyzed the most recent tax filings for associations with revenue between $2.5 million and $5 million. The median change for executive base-and-bonus pay was 3.6%, on par with 3.5% the year before but down a bit from 3.9% in our 2017 survey. Small-group leaders again trailed their counterparts at midsize and large associations, where the median change in our 2019 report (compared to the 2018 survey), was above 4%.