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Methodology

To gather the information for this year's salary article, our team of reporters took to the streets, phones, computers, and libraries. The data come from published reports, public records, Freedom of Information Act requests, and nosy questions. When we've picked up the salary from another publication, we have indicated the source.

Every listing represents a real person, not an average or an estimate for a group of people. Some of our interview subjects agreed to reveal their salaries only if we kept their names out of it. For those people, their job titles appear alone. All salaries are for 2007 and only for the job listed, unless stated otherwise. (Some of the low earners on this list have other jobs, even full-time gigs, that pay the bills.)

In some instances, it is difficult determining what counts as income. In those cases, we have tried to clarify with an extra few words. We do not include increases in net worth, interesting as they are. For example, Morningstar's CEO, Joe Mansueto, received $107,020 in compensation in 2006, but his net worth increased $800 million over the 12 months ending August 2007, according to Forbes. Here, we report the lower figure.

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