Highest CEO Salary: Zarin Mehta, New York Philharmonic
Compensation (2008): $2,649,540
At the top of the list is Zarin Mehta, president of the New York Philharmonic. At first glance, Mehta’s $2.6 million compensation in 2008 looks shocking, but his base salary of less than $1 million will surely reassure donors that 2008's generosity is not a yearly occurrence.
While the bonus can be traced back to deferred compensation since Mehta took leadership of the Philharmonic in 2000, it represented a significant chunk of the organization’s budget that year, at 4% of total expenses. His salary in 2007 was $650,000.
—For the best rates on loans, bank accounts and credit cards, enter your ZIP code at BankingMyWay.com.