In a year in which state universities often absorbed sharp budget cuts and raised tuition, the salaries of the presidents of those institutions largely held steady, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education released Sunday night.

The median total compensation for the leaders of 185 of the nation’s largest state research universities during the 2009-10 academic year was $440,487, a figure that includes base pay and bonuses, as well as deferred compensation and money set aside for retirement, the Chronicle said. Over all, that figure represented an increase of about 1 percent over the previous year.

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