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Top-paid association CEOs, early data shows

Many highly paid CEOs opt out of deferred plans in favor of simple base and bonus pay

Dec. 1, 2014
By Mark R. Graham


$13.3 million, $5.4 million, $3.9 million.

These are the salaries of the highest paid association CEOs in 2013, revealed so far in CEO Update’s ongoing analysis of chief executive pay for the latest available tax year.

While tax documents filed this month do show some staggering compensation numbers for leaders of the most influential associations, the figures are not out of line from previous years.

Close analysis of one of the highest figures reported for an association CEO—$13.3 million in 2013 to Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute—shows annual pay more in line with other influential trade groups.