Executive Compensation at Public and Private Colleges

Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, June 8, 2015

As of June 8, 2015, The Chronicle’s executive-compensation package has been updated with 2014 fiscal-year data on public-college presidents.

This update provides data on 238 chief executives at 220 public universities and systems in the United States. The median salary for presidents who served a full year is $428,250. Two presidents earned more than $1 million.

The most recent data on private-college presidents is from 2012, and includes information on 537 chief executives from 497 private nonprofit colleges. That year 36 presidents earned at least $1 million.

Using the Interactive Below
Below you can explore more presidential pay for public and private colleges since 2009. Select a president for additional details, including a breakdown of pay, institutional context, comparisons to similar institutions, and comparisons to other highly paid individuals at each institution.

For more details on how the data were gathered and analyzed, please refer to the methodology below.