August 04, 2020

Poll reveals salary gap> Women’s CEO pay trails men’s in nonprofit groups

WASHINGTON — Not many women reach the top position in American nonprofit organizations, and those who do make less money than their male counterparts, a survey has found.

The median salary of all chief executive officers was $188,686 last year, according to a survey of 188 charitable organizations by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

But women, who made up about 16 percent of the executives, earned only $163,100 compared with a median salary of $192,125 for men, the chronicle reported.

Overall, salaries rose 4.8 percent for the executives in organizations that also reported data last year.

The largest raise went to Susan Corrigan of Gifts in Kind International of Alexandria, Va. Her salary jumped 36 percent to $128,015.

Topping the earnings list was John W. Rowe, who made $921,219 last year as president of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Officials at Mount Sinai told the chronicle Rowe’s salary was “appropriate and comparable” to those at large health centers across the nation. They noted that he is responsible for a $1.2 billion enterprise.

For the second year, the bottom rung on the earnings ladder was occupied by Robert C. Macauley, head of the AmeriCares Foundation. He takes no compensation.

Thirty-three top executives made $300,000 a year or more, with 15 making more than $400,000. Only four of the executives making at least $300,000 were women.

The organizations chosen for the chronicle’s survey included many of the wealthiest charities. Some large organizations, especially medical centers, were excluded because they raise relatively little in private donations.

Nonprofit organizations are required by law to file information on salaries and other expenses with the Internal Revenue Service.

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