Philanthrocrat of the day, ProPublica edition

By Felix Salmon
September 30, 2009

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Paul Steiger’s salary in 2006, his last full year as editor of the for-profit WSJ: $547,692

Paul Steiger’s salary in 2008, his first full year as editor of the non-profit ProPublica: $570,000

Update: ProPublica’s Dick Tofel points out that Steiger did get options when he worked for the WSJ, which brought his total compensation comfortably into seven figures. Steiger gets no bonus at ProPublica. Not that he really needs one, given that he’s earning almost $50,000 a month.


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Readers may be interested to read the entire relevant graf from Felix’s first link here: Journal managing editor Paul Steiger received a base salary of $547,692, up slightly from his salary of $528,327 in 2005. Steiger’s total compensation, including stock options and option awards, was $1.38 million, up from just more than $1 million in 2005.
ProPublica does not offer incentive compensation.

Posted by Dick Tofel | Report as abusive

The entire annual budget based on the Sandlers grant is about $10 million. That means two guys are pulling 10% of the company’s annual budget. That’s bananas. Even if they each made $300k, think of how much more journalism they’d be able to pay for. Completely irresponsible, especially for Steiger who’s already loaded from his time at the WSJ.

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Actually, the Propublica tax document indicates total expenses for 2008 were just $6.1 million including salaries. That means Paul Steiger and Stephen Engelberg, with a million betwen the two of them, took home a sixth of it, or 16 percent of the total expenses.
Who would donate to a non-profit with that ratio?

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