SAN FRANCISCO-Another sign that credit unions are getting healthy again: the median base salaries of top CU executives for 2011 are up 1% to 4% from 2010 across all asset sizes.

Jack Clark, principal of Clark and Chase Research, Charlotte, N.C., said two old rules have not changed: the larger the asset size of the credit union the larger the base salary for the CEO, and the smaller the CU the less likely it is to have a bonus plan in place for its top executive.

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