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The Highest Paid Nonprofit CEOs in 2019

The highest-paid nonprofit leaders — CEOs, Executive Directors, etc. — all earn at least $900k per year, and into the tens of millions for the largest of hospitals and health systems. While the highest-paid nonprofit CEOs are in healthcare and financial services, things get more interesting when we look at normal charities. The highest-paid charity CEOs tend to be a mix of arts organizations, museums, and research institutes, although a wide variety of organizations pay their leadership quite well.

Executive compensation is a tricky issue. Just because a CEO or Executive Director is paid well doesn't mean they aren't more than worth it. But it's still worth trying to understand if a nonprofit exec's pay is similar to their colleagues or not. To do so, we compared total compensation as a percent of organization revenue, and total compensation as a percent of all salaries and benefits paid out by the organization. We found that most executives compensation was between 1.0% and 1.4% of total revenue and between 3.0% and 3.3% of all salaries and benefits paid (these are 25th and 75 percentiles). We found executives paid up to 8.8% of total revenue and 58.3% of all salaries and benefits paid.

Top 10 highest-paid nonprofit CEOs

  1. Peter S. Fine Fache, Banner Health

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $25,549,644
    Base:
    $1,318,397
    % Revenue:
    0.4%
    % Comp:
    0.9%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $6,471,226,738
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  2. Lloyd H. Dean, Dignity Health

    Title:
    Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $13,417,483
    Base:
    $1,787,802
    % Revenue:
    0.1%
    % Comp:
    0.3%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $11,111,962,660
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  3. Anthony R Tersigni, Ascension Health Alliance

    Title:
    And President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $13,249,761
    Base:
    $1,622,297
    % Revenue:
    0.6%
    % Comp:
    2.8%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $2,344,976,505
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  4. Nirmal P Narvekar, Harvard Management Company

    Title:
    MD - President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $13,099,124
    Base:
    $999,464
    % Revenue:
    10.2%
    % Comp:
    14.0%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $127,934,955
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  5. R Heldebrant, Star One Credit Union

    Title:
    Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $12,465,866
    Base:
    $625,269
    % Revenue:
    5.7%
    % Comp:
    37.1%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $217,252,952
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  6. James Skogsbergh, Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer , Director
    Amount:
    $11,728,456
    Base:
    $1,536,274
    % Revenue:
    0.2%
    % Comp:
    0.5%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $5,310,394,732
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  7. Nick Turkal, Aurora Health Care

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer , Advocate / Chief Executive Officer , Director / President and CEO, Advocate
    Amount:
    $11,429,722
    Base:
    $1,466,599
    % Revenue:
    1.0%
    % Comp:
    1.6%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $1,191,046,264
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  8. Christopher van Gorder, Scripps Health

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer and Trustee
    Amount:
    $9,840,956
    Base:
    $1,318,797
    % Revenue:
    0.3%
    % Comp:
    0.8%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $3,193,531,252
    FYE:
    2018-09
    Location:
    Website:
  9. Scott Serota, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $8,810,848
    Base:
    $1,214,535
    % Revenue:
    1.5%
    % Comp:
    3.9%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $591,991,374
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  10. Philip A. Incarnati, McLaren Health Care

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $6,929,688
    Base:
    $1,827,318
    % Revenue:
    2.2%
    % Comp:
    10.2%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $310,301,267
    FYE:
    2018-09
    Location:
    Website:

Top 50 highest-paid charity CEOs

  1. Juan Sanchez, Southwest Key Programs

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $3,616,978
    Base:
    $783,593
    % Revenue:
    0.9%
    % Comp:
    1.3%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $408,931,970
    FYE:
    2018-08
    Location:
    Website:
  2. Thomas P Campbell, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Title:
    Executive Director
    Amount:
    $3,017,012
    Base:
    $543,317
    % Revenue:
    0.5%
    % Comp:
    1.5%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $574,798,843
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  3. Prescott Stephen, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $2,778,127
    Base:
    $779,863
    % Revenue:
    3.0%
    % Comp:
    7.4%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $91,783,174
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  4. Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Title:
    Managing and Artistic Director
    Amount:
    $2,272,888
    Base:
    $1,771,925
    % Revenue:
    5.7%
    % Comp:
    11.3%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $39,933,955
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  5. Hipolito Roldan, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation

    Title:
    President
    Amount:
    $2,208,365
    Base:
    $369,140
    % Revenue:
    16.4%
    % Comp:
    59.1%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $13,476,242
    FYE:
    2018-12
    Location:
    Website:
  6. C Darby, In-Q-Tel

    Title:
    President , Chief Executive Officer and Trustee
    Amount:
    $2,153,731
    Base:
    $741,358
    % Revenue:
    1.8%
    % Comp:
    5.3%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $116,697,968
    FYE:
    2018-03
    Location:
    Website:
  7. Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall / The Carnegie Hall Corporation

    Title:
    Executive and Artistic Director
    Amount:
    $2,014,821
    Base:
    $1,264,367
    % Revenue:
    1.9%
    % Comp:
    4.2%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $103,429,195
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  8. Gordon van Welie, ISO New England

    Title:
    President , and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,995,156
    Base:
    $737,040
    % Revenue:
    1.0%
    % Comp:
    1.8%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $193,047,934
    FYE:
    2018-12
    Location:
    Website:
  9. Sangeet Chowfla, Graduate Management Admission Council

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,862,158
    Base:
    $539,950
    % Revenue:
    1.9%
    % Comp:
    7.5%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $97,364,259
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  10. Nancy Brown, American Heart Association

    Title:
    Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,850,348
    Base:
    $748,640
    % Revenue:
    0.2%
    % Comp:
    0.5%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $851,806,734
    FYE:
    2017-06
    Location:
    Website:
  11. Ivan L Hand, Money Management International

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,843,621
    Base:
    $873,038
    % Revenue:
    3.5%
    % Comp:
    5.5%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $52,195,181
    FYE:
    2018-12
    Location:
    Website:
  12. Alan F. List, MD, H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,787,719
    Base:
    $852,182
    % Revenue:
    0.9%
    % Comp:
    1.5%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $192,207,953
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  13. Ellen V. Futter, American Museum of Natural History

    Title:
    President
    Amount:
    $1,755,274
    Base:
    $984,752
    % Revenue:
    0.9%
    % Comp:
    1.5%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $205,386,527
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  14. Edward J Grefenstette, Dietrich Foundation

    Title:
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer
    Amount:
    $1,749,309
    Base:
    $515,000
    % Revenue:
    3.0%
    % Comp:
    58.3%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $58,391,545
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  15. Cristian Samper, Wildlife Conservation Society

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,637,145
    Base:
    $646,098
    % Revenue:
    0.6%
    % Comp:
    1.1%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $278,649,802
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  16. Glimcher Laurie, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Steven Connolly

    Title:
    Trustee , President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,590,130
    Base:
    $1,112,387
    % Revenue:
    0.1%
    % Comp:
    0.3%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $1,755,138,116
    FYE:
    2018-09
    Location:
    Website:
  17. Christopher Hillyer, New York Blood Center

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,533,936
    Base:
    $954,436
    % Revenue:
    0.4%
    % Comp:
    1.3%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $352,613,347
    FYE:
    2018-03
    Location:
    Website:
  18. Amr Elsawy, Noblis

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,531,776
    Base:
    $577,223
    % Revenue:
    0.5%
    % Comp:
    0.9%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $322,734,504
    FYE:
    2018-09
    Location:
    Website:
  19. Eric Lander, The Broad Institute

    Title:
    President and Director , Broad Institute of Mit and Harvard / President and Director / Director , President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,522,115
    Base:
    $1,207,782
    % Revenue:
    0.3%
    % Comp:
    0.9%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $447,333,733
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  20. Lincoln T Smith, Altarum Institute

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer , Secretary
    Amount:
    $1,493,205
    Base:
    $375,942
    % Revenue:
    2.6%
    % Comp:
    4.3%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $56,892,820
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  21. Raymond H. Cypess, American Type Culture Collection

    Title:
    Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,488,793
    Base:
    $1,174,416
    % Revenue:
    1.5%
    % Comp:
    3.4%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $99,636,303
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  22. Christopher T Olivia, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,488,739
    Base:
    $1,147,356
    % Revenue:
    1.5%
    % Comp:
    1.5%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $100,351,111
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  23. Robert Schultze, International City Management Association Retirement Corporation

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,481,322
    Base:
    $545,366
    % Revenue:
    0.6%
    % Comp:
    1.0%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $233,965,106
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  24. Lisa Sherman, Advertising Council

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,476,989
    Base:
    $628,391
    % Revenue:
    2.9%
    % Comp:
    7.7%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $50,568,790
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  25. Carter Roberts, World Wildlife Fund

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,455,444
    Base:
    $742,649
    % Revenue:
    0.6%
    % Comp:
    1.6%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $256,825,626
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  26. Preston Campbell, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,426,266
    Base:
    $647,336
    % Revenue:
    0.5%
    % Comp:
    1.6%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $275,790,756
    FYE:
    2018-12
    Location:
    Website:
  27. David M. Chao, Ph.D., Stowers Institute for Medical Research

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,416,197
    Base:
    $1,363,488
    % Revenue:
    1.6%
    % Comp:
    4.1%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $86,524,558
    FYE:
    2018-12
    Location:
    Website:
  28. David Myers, American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,379,905
    Base:
    $655,553
    % Revenue:
    0.3%
    % Comp:
    0.6%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $457,805,054
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  29. Mark R Proctor, Boston Pediatric Neurosurgical Foundation

    Title:
    President
    Amount:
    $1,360,808
    Base:
    $728,925
    % Revenue:
    11.3%
    % Comp:
    16.3%
  30. Joseph Flatley, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,318,752
    Base:
    $470,000
    % Revenue:
    11.8%
    % Comp:
    19.9%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $11,222,647
    FYE:
    2018-12
    Location:
    Website:
  31. Kristiina Vuori, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

    Title:
    President
    Amount:
    $1,312,171
    Base:
    $717,258
    % Revenue:
    1.0%
    % Comp:
    1.7%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $125,326,751
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  32. Pierce Charles D, Glory of Zion International Ministries

    Title:
    President
    Amount:
    $1,301,164
    Base:
    $24,000
    % Revenue:
    8.8%
    % Comp:
    26.6%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $14,819,926
    FYE:
    2019-03
    Location:
    Website:
  33. Richard P. Lifton, The Rockefeller University

    Title:
    President
    Amount:
    $1,300,570
    Base:
    $922,500
    % Revenue:
    0.3%
    % Comp:
    0.7%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $496,427,301
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:
  34. Douglas G. Myers, San Diego Zoo Global

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,294,383
    Base:
    $549,990
    % Revenue:
    0.4%
    % Comp:
    0.9%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $342,095,235
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  35. William Jeffrey, SRI International

    Title:
    Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,269,373
    Base:
    $540,750
    % Revenue:
    0.3%
    % Comp:
    0.5%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $405,780,942
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  36. Peter L. Miller, The Institutes

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,265,663
    Base:
    $700,000
    % Revenue:
    2.0%
    % Comp:
    6.3%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $63,832,740
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  37. Lewis von Thaer, Battelle Memorial Institute

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer From 10 and 17
    Amount:
    $1,229,932
    Base:
    $386,689
    % Revenue:
    0.0%
    % Comp:
    0.0%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $5,087,879,187
    FYE:
    2018-09
    Location:
    Website:
  38. Marvena Twigg, National Youth Advocate Program

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer - Nyap
    Amount:
    $1,229,721
    Base:
    $388,376
    % Revenue:
    1.4%
    % Comp:
    3.0%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $84,898,251
    FYE:
    2018-12
    Location:
    Website:
  39. E Holden, Research Triangle Institute

    Title:
    President
    Amount:
    $1,221,428
    Base:
    $734,526
    % Revenue:
    0.1%
    % Comp:
    0.2%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $965,882,534
    FYE:
    2018-09
    Location:
    Website:
  40. John Woodward, Front Porch Communities and Services

    Title:
    Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,211,404
    Base:
    $637,500
    % Revenue:
    0.8%
    % Comp:
    1.9%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $158,714,319
    FYE:
    2018-03
    Location:
    Website:
  41. S R Omick, Riverside Research

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,181,858
    Base:
    $467,607
    % Revenue:
    1.2%
    % Comp:
    1.7%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $97,479,796
    FYE:
    2018-11
    Location:
    Website:
  42. Gregory Moore, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,150,705
    Base:
    $896,434
    % Revenue:
    1.6%
    % Comp:
    4.2%
  43. Dr. Jason Providakes, Mitre

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,132,796
    Base:
    $537,141
    % Revenue:
    0.1%
    % Comp:
    0.1%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $1,733,665,000
    FYE:
    2018-09
    Location:
    Website:
  44. Edward Dawson, Social Vocational Services

    Title:
    Executive Director
    Amount:
    $1,113,147
    Base:
    $582,400
    % Revenue:
    1.1%
    % Comp:
    1.6%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $104,787,260
    FYE:
    2017-06
    Location:
    Website:
  45. Robert C Shamberger, CHMC Surgical Foundation

    Title:
    President
    Amount:
    $1,107,937
    Base:
    $773,539
    % Revenue:
    3.5%
    % Comp:
    4.7%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $31,803,248
    FYE:
    2018-09
    Location:
  46. Harry Johns, Alzheimer's Association

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,107,919
    Base:
    $711,496
    % Revenue:
    0.3%
    % Comp:
    0.6%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $345,458,627
    FYE:
    2017-06
    Location:
    Website:
  47. Meir Klifi-Amir, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

    Title:
    National Director and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,106,685
    Base:
    $383,071
    % Revenue:
    0.9%
    % Comp:
    8.4%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $122,871,409
    FYE:
    2017-12
    Location:
    Website:
  48. Laura R Walker, New York Public Radio

    Title:
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Amount:
    $1,104,153
    Base:
    $634,967
    % Revenue:
    1.2%
    % Comp:
    1.9%
    NTEE:
    Revenue:
    $94,418,154
    FYE:
    2018-06
    Location:
    Website:

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