SOURCES: Chicago Tribune, The Daily Illini

9. University of Iowa

  • President Sally K. Mason
  • $493,272 in base salary
  • Total compensation is near $650,000. Mason earns a $150,000 annual deferred compensation package.

SOURCES: University of Iowa salary database, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

10. Purdue University

  • Leader: Outgoing President France Cordova (current Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to take over in 2013)
  • $475,997 base salary
  • Daniels' agreed-to benefit package includes unspecified retirement contributions, use of a car, cost-free living at Westwood House. Daniels has asked for a performance-based contract.

SOURCES: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.), Chronicle of Higher Education

11. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Chancellor Harvey Perlman
  • $341,053 base pay

SOURCE: Kearney Hub

Northwestern University (private)

  • President Morton Schapiro
  • $1,255,653 in 2010 (no publicly available records)