Comparing Magazine Salaries with Ballplayers
Last week, we published a story on what magazine associations—namely, the Magazine Publishers of America and American Business Media—make and, more importantly, how they spend their money, that is, your dues.
It’s not news necessarily. The comparisons were based on IRS filings from 2006, and while interesting to compare, I was hesitant to post something that old.
But, like baseball players, there’s something very immediate, very visceral about seeing what people in the magazine industry make. (Show of hands: How many people knew what Bonnie Fuller’s salary was at American Media Inc.? Everyone? Okay …) And that includes the people included in the piece. (As someone in our office said, “If I were [ABC CEO] Mike Lavery and I saw what [MPA CEO] Nina Link makes—while generating half as much in revenue—I’d be pissed.”) Hence, it’s already one of our most trafficked pages of the year.
So, for fun, here’s a follow-up chart, comparing what executives at magazine associations and their members made in 2006, compared to other publicly available salaries around that time, as published in New York magazine.
|Chairman and CEO,
|Third Baseman, New York Yankees||$21,680,727*|
|Shortstop, New York Yankees||$20,600,000*|
|Midfielder, L.A. Galaxy||$5,500,000|
|CEO and President, MSLO||$4,714,469|
|Editorial Director, American
|Host, The Daily Show||$1,500,000|
|Chairman and CEO, Playboy
|Editorial director, Condé Nast||$1,000,000|
|Artistic Director, Jazz at
|CEO, Magazine Publishers of
|General Manager, New York Mets||$700,000|
|Executive Editor, the New York
|Editor, New York Post||$600,000|
|CEO, Audit Bureau of
|CEO, American Business Media||$400,511*|
|President, United States of
|Page Six Gossip Columnist||$300,000|
|Vice President, United States of
|Columnist, the Poynter Institute||$169,187|
|United States Senator||$162,100|
SOURCES: New York magazine; SI.com
* Denotes salary from 2006; all others estimated for 2005