As the federal science budget shrinks and the research job market narrows, scientific societies are moving to the forefront in political activism, lobbying Congress and White House science officials to bring their members' concerns to the attention of the government. Coordinating this activity have been the societies' executive directors--paid professionals, distinct from those researchers who are elected officials--who manage the day-to-day work of the organizations.

The following list, reflecting the range of salaries paid to executive directors of United States science societies, was compiled from a variety of sources, principally from Science and Government Report ("Non-Profit Paychecks: SGR's Sixth Annual Survey," 23[5]:1-4, April 1, 1994), whose figures are used here with SGR's permission.

  • John Crum, American Chemical Society--$258,455
  • Richard Nicholson, American Association for the Advancement of Science--$210,000
  • Bryant Welch, American Psychological Association--$191,908
  • Kenneth Ford, American Institute of Physics--$186,680
  • Michael Jackson, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology--$166,738
  • Bill Aldridge, National...
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