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Highest-paid association CEOs see modest pay bump

Latest IRS Form 990 tax disclosures show that more than 25 association chief executives earned more than $2 million

Dec. 1, 2017

Salary increases slowed slightly for the top-paid association CEOs. 

The median increase for the 25 highest-paid CEOs was 4.7 percent, the latest tax disclosures show, down from 5.9 percent in the previous year.  But given the size of the paychecks, that increase for a top-paid association leader can equate to more than $100,000.

Incentive pay continues to play a larger role in the total compensation package offered to the highest-paid association CEOs.  Four years ago, the typical CEO among the highest-paid earned 49 percent of salary from a bonus. In 2016, the median bonus was 65 percent of base salary.

The highest salary in 2016 went to John Castellani, former president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.