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Higher Ed Trade Group Presidents Make More Than Many College Presidents

Salaries for executives at higher education trade associations rival those of top-paid college presidents.

Compensation for the leaders of these higher ed groups – which are considered nonprofits by the IRS – has climbed in recent years.

Twenty-seven of 48 association heads earned about as much or more than the median salary for a university president, which was about $400,000 in 2012-13.

The highest-paid sitting association leader is Mark Emmert of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He earned $1.7 million from fall 2012 to fall 2013.