Wayne LaPierre has been in the news quite a bit lately in the wake of yet another horrific school shooting. For those of you who do not know, Wayne LaPierre is the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, better known as the NRA. This is not going to be a political article. FYI – This will be a simple breakdown of Mr. LaPierre's current net worth, salary and other forms of compensation since those questions have been searched a lot in the last few weeks.
Wayne LaPierre was born on November 8, 1949 in Schenectady, New York. His father worked as an accountant for General Electric. His family moved to Virginia when Wayne was 5 years old.
During Vietnam, Wayne came within inches of being drafted but ultimately was not sent to war.
He attended Siena College for undergrad before getting a master's degree in government and politics from Boston College.
He began working for the NRA in 1977. He was named executive vice president of the NRA in 1991, a position he still holds today. Through his leadership, he has transformed the NRA from a relatively small organization, to one of the most powerful lobbying groups in America. Today the NRA's annual revenue is around $340 million. Annual contributions top $100 million.
Salary: Wayne LaPierre's NRA salary starts at $985,000 per year. In most years he also typically earns a bonus of roughly $150,000. Outside of base salary and bonuses, Wayne participates in the NRA's employee retirement plan. In 2015 he became old enough to receive a $3.7 million distribution from his retirement account. So in that one year, he earned a bit over $5 million, but in most years his salary is closer to $1 million.
Interestingly, Wayne is NOT the highest paid person at the NRA. That honor goes to executive director of general operations, Kayne B. Robinson who earns a little more than $1 million in base salary every year.
Outside of his NRA compensation, LaPierre earns more than $100,000 per year in speaking engagement fees and book royalties. He has authored the books Guns, Crime, and Freedom, Shooting Straight: Telling the Truth About Guns in America, Guns, Freedom, and Terrorism, The Global War on Your Guns, The Essential Second Amendment Guide, and America Disarmed: Inside the U.N. and Obama's Scheme to Destroy the Second Amendment.
Net worth: As of this writing, Wayne LaPierre's net worth is $10 million.