Money wordsAccording to the New Yorker, Jill Abramson was able to get her New York Times salary up to $525k before she was booted from her job. But that was still over $30k less than her predecessor, Bill Keller.

Still, it turns out if Abramson wanted to match — or comfortably beat — Keller’s salary, a better approach would have been to quit the Times and head over to the “non-profit” journalism sector.

After all, Abramson’s $525k Times salary was a full $45k less than that of Paul Steiger, the editor of “non profit” outfit ProPublica. In 2012, according to ProPublica’s annual report, Steiger made a whopping $570k — that’s more than three times the total amount of online donations received by the organization that whole year.

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