SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- College presidents across the country are seeing their salaries rise, and it's NO different in Utah.
But here, salaries are still well below the national average.
The Chronicle of Higher Education says 17 presidents at public universities and systems across the country will earn more than a half (M) million dollars this year. That's up from 12 last year. It's even higher for private universities, where 42 presidents will top the half (M) million dollar mark.
The median salary for presidents at public institutions is 328-thousand-400 dollars.
But in Utah, it's NO where near that -- even with an increase this year, the first since 2001.
New University of Utah President Michael Young makes 295-thousand dollars a year, while Utah State President Kermit Hall makes 232-thousand dollars.
Utah System of Higher Education spokesman Dave Buhler says many if not all college presidents working in Utah take a financial hit by working here. He says if their only interest was compensation, they would work elsewhere.
Other college president salaries across the state:
William Sederburg, Utah Valley State College, $158,100 F. Ann Millner, Weber State, $153,000 Steve D. Bennion, Southern Utah, $144,800 Judd Morgan, Salt Lake Community College, $142,800 Robert C. Huddleston, Dixie State, $122,400 Gregory Fitch, Utah College of Applied Technology, $122,400 Ryan L. Thomas, College of Eastern Utah, $117,300 Michael T. Benson, Snow College, $117,300
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