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Staffers working for Washington, D.C.-based trade groups among best paid, with 35 people earning more than $1 million in the latest tax year. Pay for this group of top-drawer staffers increased by a median of 7.7 percent. Even for the lowest paid on the list, this nets more than a $40,000 increase. Base and bonus pay increases were more on the modest side.
This report lists the 200 highest paid staffers at associations and public interest groups. The information is gathered from the IRS Form 990, the disclosure document filed by tax-exempt organizations, for fiscal years 2011 or 2012—the latest data available. The earnings column shows the combination of base pay, bonuses and other compensation paid during the tax year. The deferred column is the amount earned but not yet paid. The nontax column includes the value of nontaxable benefits. Go online to sort this chart by organization name.
More data still to emerge, but those leading larger trade groups, like U.S. Chamber’s Donohue, tend to outpace the field. A handful of chief executives appear on the highest paid list as the result of one-time supplemental executive retirement payouts, but this doesn’t mean those CEOs are leaving. SERP payments are paid throughout a CEO’s tenure as stipulated by a contract.