The highest paid non-CEO staffers who are registered lobbyists in a tax-exempt organization. Compensation figures are derived from IRS documents for tax years ending 2011 and early 2012.
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More than two dozen senior staffers at associations earned at least $1 million in 2011 after adding bonuses and supplemental income—all likely part of a bounce back in terms of total compensation since the recent economic recession. “We are starting to see things go back to normal in terms of pay increases,” said Lyn McCloskey, principal with PRM Consulting.
One-time payments boost some leader paychecks; the highest paid CEOs are leaders of two professional sports-related “associations.”
Women now make up 20 percent of the chief executives among the nation's largest associations, although they still generally make less than their male counterparts. As experience increases, experts expect female CEOs to head ever-larger groups. "Women have arrived and are increasingly moving up and taking on these larger associations," said Denise Grant of Russell Reynolds Associates.