Do Museum Admissions Correlate With Director Salaries?
I made a quick scatter chart, using a few art museum director salaries from the Charity Navigator website and regular adult admission charges from museums' websites. Some of the salaries are a few years old.
There is a modest upward trend in director salaries with rising admission charge. But almost all the correlation, such as it is, is due to two New York outliers, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum Modern of Art, which pay far bigger salaries than any other institution ($2.69 million for the Met). Both charge $25 admission. Otherwise major free museums pay their directors about as much as their admission-charging peers do.
Here's a stronger correlation. The UCLA Hammer Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Huntington are headed by women. Notice where they are, salarywise.