ST. LOUIS — Want to make money in higher education? Try teaching surgery.

Nine of the 25 highest-paid college and university employees in 2018 were surgery professors, and an additional six held medical roles. The majority of the highest-paid employees in Missouri and Southern Illinois worked at Washington University, which drew $4.8 billion in 2018 revenue. Seven worked at Saint Louis University, four at the University of Missouri - Columbia and one at Maryville University.

In many cases, university chancellors earned less than some of their employees. Orthopedic surgery professor John Clohisy of Washington University made more in 2018 than the university's former chancellor, Mark Wrighton. At the University of Missouri's main campus in Columbia, three medical school professors earned more than both Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and UM System President Mun Choi.

Coaches of athletic programs also are featured on the list — including the top spot.

Among employees that earned $10,000 or more, the average salary was $72,054 and the median was $58,847. Compensation data was either provided by the colleges and universities or taken from the most recent available tax forms — for either fiscal 2017 or 2018 — filed by each institution.

Check out the full story from the St. Louis Business Journal, including a gallery of the 25 highest-paid employees in Missouri and Southern Illinois. There's also a searchable database of employees.

The 25 highest-paid hospital and health system employees in St. Louis earned a combined $82.9 million in the most recent fiscal year. That's a 7.5% increase from last year's $77.2 million. As last year, many of the highest-paid executives worked at Ascension, a $23 billion national health system based in St.
Last year, the median compensation for St. Louis' 100 highest-paid executives was $3.2 million. That's about 50 times the median household income for St. Louis County. But it's only 12% of what the region's highest-paid executive, Michael Neidorff, earned in 2018. Neidorff, CEO of Centene Corp., is once again the region's highest-paid executive by total compensation.

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