The Wall Street Journal used newly available data on tax-exempt organizations such as hospitals and colleges, as well as more traditional charity organizations, to look at the pay packages of their leadership. 

The data indicated that tax-exempt organizations paid seven-figure salaries to around 2,700 employees in 2014 – an increase from the WSJ’s last analysis in 2011. 

While some see the higher pay as controversial, others look at the data as merely an indicator that organizations are trying to draw top talent into their ranks, in much the same way businesses do.