The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently approved to pay its next chancellor up to $522,000 a year, which would move the university from near-lowest to the middle of the pack among what other Big Ten public institutions pay their leaders.
Below is a list of what schools pay their highest officials, along with perks, when applicable. Northwestern University is private.
1. Ohio State University
- President E. Gordon Gee
- $834,530.04 base pay in 2011-2012 (Approved next year at nearly $860,000)
- $1,992,221 in total compensation (next year will be $2.15 million, an increase in line with faculty and staff raises)
- Has also expensed a number of pricey perks, such as tailgating events, parties at the president’s mansion, and limo travel.
SOURCES: Columbus DataCenter, Dayton Daily News, Chronicle of Higher Education
2. University of Minnesota
- President Eric Kaler
- $610,000 base salary beginning in 2011
- $50,000 in retirement funds annually
SOURCE: Minnesota Public Radio
3. University of Michigan
- President Mary Sue Coleman
- $585.782.89 base pay in 2011-2012
- Coleman's total compensation package, however, exceeds $910,700. In addition to $175,000 in deferred compensation, a $100,000 yearly retention bonus and more than $50,000 in annual retirement pay; Coleman also gets the use of a car and U-M president’s house.
SOURCES: University of Michigan salary database, AnnArbor.com
4. Indiana University
- President Michael McRobbie
- $533,120 base salary
- $625,000 with bonuses
SOURCES: Indianapolis Business Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education
5. University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Leader: Ongoing search
- Up to $522,000 base salary (current Interim Chancellor David Ward makes $437,000 and would not be affected by approved increase)
- Perks include the use of a car, mandatory cost-free living in Olin House, health and retirement packages comparable to UW employees. The chancellor does not get a deferred compensation package that many other university presidents get because it's not allowed by state law.
SOURCE: University of Wisconsin System
6. Michigan State University
- President Lou Anna K. Simon
- $520,000 base pay in 2011-2012
- She receives a car, country club membership, lifetime health care benefits for her and her husband, complimentary sporting event and performance tickets. No bonuses.
SOURCES: Michigan State University salary database, The State News
7. Penn State University
- President Rodney Erickson
- $515,000 base salary
- Use of university car, standard benefits.
SOURCE: The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.)
8. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Chancellor Phyllis Wise (incoming chancellor)
- $500,000 base pay
- Standard benefits, eligible for $500,000 retention bonus after five years
SOURCES: Chicago Tribune, The Daily Illini
9. University of Iowa
- President Sally K. Mason
- $493,272 in base salary
- Total compensation is near $650,000. Mason earns a $150,000 annual deferred compensation package.
SOURCES: University of Iowa salary database, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
10. Purdue University
- Leader: Outgoing President France Cordova (current Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to take over in 2013)
- $475,997 base salary
- Daniels' agreed-to benefit package includes unspecified retirement contributions, use of a car, cost-free living at Westwood House. Daniels has asked for a performance-based contract.
SOURCES: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.), Chronicle of Higher Education
11. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Chancellor Harvey Perlman
- $341,053 base pay
SOURCE: Kearney Hub
Northwestern University (private)
- President Morton Schapiro
- $1,255,653 in 2010 (no publicly available records)