The top earners, plus salaries by region and licensee type

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The 20 top earners at stations

Community licensees see higher pay

Median executive salaries at stations owned by universities and other institutions are substantially lower than those of community licensees, which also include most of the top producing stations. Ten university stations in the top 25 markets don’t report executive compensation and didn’t provide information to Current.

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Northeast leads in salaries

The Northeast, where three major production centers for public TV and radio are headquartered, is where the biggest paychecks are cut.

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Top earners chart by Mike Janssen; licensee chart and map by Kelly Martin