Richard Umbdenstock, Neal Jesuele, Rick Pollack - CEO, EVP, EVP, American Hospital Association
Total Compensation: $9.2 million combined (2009) for 10 AHA executives
Details: The American Hospital Association (AHA) is one of the nation's most important lobbying group for nonprofit hospitals. Given the prominence of such an organization, it would not be surprising to see a very well compensated top manager. However, the AHA had 10 executives on the payroll in 2009 whose total compensation exceeded $500,000, and three that were well into the seven figures. CEO Richard Umbdenstock earned $1.74 million. Executive Vice Presidents Neal Jesuele and Rick Pollack earned $1.52 million and $1.1 million, respectively.
The general rule of thumb for a nonprofit group engaged in charity or advocacy is to spend about 10 percent of revenue on administration. The compensation of those top 10 executives represented nearly 10 percent of revenue alone, and about 13 percent of dues collected from AHA members in 2009.
By the way, the compensation trends at the Federation of American Hospitals weren't much different: Five executives with that much smaller lobbying group earned more than $500,000 in compensation last year, while President Charles "Chip" Kahn received more than $1.6 million.