The February 16th issue of National Journal has its biennial salary report (2006 data) for national advocacy and trade associations. Since most of my posts have been too long I’ll keep this one short with two (OK – actually three) interesting points:
First, in addition to salary information, National Journal reports on lobbying spending of various organizations. It’s not surprising that 3 of the top 10 trade associations [501(c)(6) organizations] in lobbying dollars are from the health industry: PhRMA, AMA, Am. Hosp. Assoc. But what is interesting, is that all of the top 5 non-profits [501(c)(3) organizations] in lobbying spending are health related organizations: Am. Cancer Soc., Am. Heart Assoc., Am. Red Cross, Am. College of Physicians, Am. Diabetes, Assoc. [FYI – it’s also interesting to note that the non-profit which spent the most on lobbying spent less than the #7 trade association: $13.9 million by the Am. Cancer Soc. v. $15.0 million by the AHA.]
Second – and what I think is more interesting – is that in the listing of salaries for the heads of 125 health trade association, the bottom five (all with salaries less than $90,000 – not including other benefits) in alphabetical order were:
- AIDS Action Foundation
- American Association for Homecare
- American Society for Clinical Nutrition
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (a.k.a ASTHO)
- Council for Affordable Health Insurance
I think this is quite an interesting snapshot – statement about healthcare priorities in the US.
And to put a broader perspective on health as part of our national priorities, the three labor unions with the highest paid heads were:
- National Football League Players Association ($1.86M compensation w/o benefits)
- Major League Baseball Players Association ($1.0M)
- Screen Actors Guild ($774,000)
What do you think of these interesting numbers and comparisons?