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Monday, December 7, 2015

College And University President Salaries, 2013

Chronicle of Higher Education, Executive Compensation at Private and Public Colleges:

The Chronicle's executive-compensation package has been updated with information on private-college presidents for the 2013 calendar year.

The update provides data on 558 chief executives at 497 private nonprofit colleges in the United States. The median salary for leaders in office for the full year was $436,429. Thirty-two of the presidents earned more than $1 million.

The most recent data on public-college presidents, also from 2013, include information on 238 chief executives at 220 public universities and systems in the United States. The median salary for those in office for the full year was $428,250. Two of the presidents earned more than $1 million.

Here are the Top 15 private college presidents by total 2013 compensation:

Top 8
Top 15

Here are the Top 15 public college presidents by total 2013 compensation:

Top 8 Public
Top 15 Public

(Hat Tip: Mike Talbert.)

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Comments

It's good money, but a lot less than private sector money.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/14/business/executive-compensation.html

Posted by: pay | Dec 7, 2015 4:30:00 PM

College football coaches salaries are even worse.

http://sports.usatoday.com/ncaa/salaries/

Posted by: Darius Thomson | Dec 8, 2015 5:33:50 AM

Does this mean that public universities are managed less well?

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Dec 8, 2015 5:53:34 AM

Executive salary limits would be amusing in this context ... I wonder how many of these presidents/coaches earn more than 50x what an adjunct professor earns that that school?

Posted by: OldCurmudgeon | Dec 8, 2015 8:01:14 AM

This number means little. What I'd like to know is the percentage of "non-instructional salaries," e.g., Dean of Diversity, to instructional salaries. My guess is the answer would shock many of you.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Dec 8, 2015 11:38:08 AM

Old Curmudgeon: All of them. Adjuncts are paid less than minimum wage.

Posted by: Walter Sobchak | Dec 8, 2015 11:51:17 AM

We need to impose wage and price controls on the colleges, before they eat us out of house and home.

Posted by: Walter Sobchak | Dec 8, 2015 11:52:12 AM