While CEO Update’s annual list of the 200 highest-paid staffers in associations is the most comprehensive list available, reporting limitations may make the data incomplete.
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This report lists the 200 highest-paid staffers in associations. The information is gathered from the IRS Form 990, the disclosure document filed by tax-exempt organizations, for fiscal years 2013 or 2014—the latest data available.
What's behind the paychecks of top-paid CEOs? The newest data on the highest-paid association CEOs show dramatic increases in salaries and a big shift toward incentive pay. Twenty-one top executives earned more than $2 million in the latest tax year, and that’s expected to grow as more disclosures become available. In 2007, only four association CEOs earned more than $2 million.
Preliminary disclosure data for 2014 reveal acceleration of pay increases for professional society chief executives to levels not seen in years.