Sitting at the helm of a private university in America can be a highly lucrative position. In fact, eight of the 10 highest-paid private college presidents in the U.S. earned more than $2 million in 2014.
That's according to a newly released pay analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a news and job information source for college administration, faculty and students.
Although many Americans have been stuck in an earnings rut in recent years, the pay for private college presidents has been going up. The average yearly pay jumped by nearly 9 percent between 2013 and 2014 to $513,000, according to the Chronicle. For comparison, the median pay for public college presidents for the 2014-2015 academic year was $431,000.
Based on The Chronicle's analysis, these are the 10 highest-paid presidents of private universities in the U.S.:
Jack P. Varsalona, Wilmington University, New Castle, Delaware: $5,449,405
Mark S. Wrighton, Washington University, St. Louis: $4,185,866
Gerald Turner, Southern Methodist University, Dallas: $3,354,128
Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: $2,962,708
Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia University, New York: $2,447,032
Morton O. Schapiro, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois: $2,352,578
Robert Fisher, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee: $2,120,091
Robert J. Zimmer, University of Chicago: $2,051,089
James F. Jones Jr., Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut: $1,661,794
David J. Skorton, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York: $1,618,328
The college presidents' compensation packages include salaries, bonuses and benefits — including housing, club memberships and travel.
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Just one woman earned a spot on the list above. Of the 100 top-earning private college presidents in the U.S., a mere 17 are women.
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