Study: $700,000 is vastly more than income of other nonprofit execs
The top executive of the YMCA of Greater Houston is the highest paid CEO of any nonprofit human service organization in the country, earning nearly $700,000 a year, according to a recent study by a charity watchdog group.
The compensation study by Charity Navigator, which examined the CEO salaries of 3,000 mid- to large-sized charities, shows the median salary of top leaders was $147,273 in 2008, a 4.7 increase over the previous year. Clark Baker, who has led the Houston YMCA for eight years, earned $661,634 in 2008.
The huge gap in salaries raises questions about whether Baker is being paid too much to run a charity and further flames the public's growing concern about what seems to be exorbitant pay for some nonprofit executives.
Houston YMCA member Christine Hartman believes Baker's salary is way out of line.
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