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 Mar '18Feb '18
# of CUs5,5965,757
Total Assets
($ billions)
Total Savings
($ billions)
Net Cap.
Loans to Savings81.5%82.6%
Loan Delinq.0.8%0.9%

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CU CEO Compensation Is Trending Upward

Salaries to increase 4.5% in 2016.

CEOs at credit unions with at least $100 million in assets will earn a median salary of $207,000 this year, according to CUNA's 2015-2016 Total Compensation Report, CEO.

That figure roughly matches the 2014 median of $208,718.

CEOs' median total cash compensation of $226,000—which includes base salary and variable pay—is similar to last year's amount, as well.

Credit unions anticipate offering their CEOs just less than a 4.5% pay raise, on average, in 2016.

CEOs received a noticeable bump in benefits, as credit unions spent a median $9,883 on them by year-end 2014, up roughly $2,000 from the previous year. Up to 90% of credit unions offer benefits, such as health, life, vision, and/or dental insurance.

Many factors impact CEO base salaries, most notably a credit union's asset size. The median base salary for CEOs in credit unions with assets of $100 million to $200 million is $149,937. At credit unions with assets of $3 billion or more, the median base salary stands at $531,467.

About 15% of CEOs received increases of less than 3% in 2015, including some whose salaries remained static. About 30% of credit unions granted their CEOs raises of 7% or more.

Nearly 75% of credit unions reward their CEOs with variable pay, at a median amount of $18,500. That includes bonuses (after-the-fact rewards for a job well done) and/or incentives, which executives earn based on achieving preset performance criteria.

Incentives are more common, with 52% of credit unions awarding their CEOs a median of $12,500—equating to 6% of their base salary. Only 34% of CEOs earned incentives, for a median amount of $33,878, equivalent to 13% of their base salary.