What about deans? The below chart ranks deans of various majors, as well as (in yellow) a few institution-wide positions such as CEO, Provost, and chief campus architect.
The median salary for architecture deans in 2015 was $210K. Counting all institution types, the salaries of architecture deans rank in the upper half, as the next chart shows. The median salary of architecture deans is lower than in several STEM and professional fields, such as medicine, law, and engineering, but higher than in arts, humanities, and social sciences.
That said, the same pattern that we saw in the above chart likely applies. Because architecture is most often taught at research and doctoral-level institutions where salaries are higher, architecture deans seem to have strong earnings when compared with deans at all institutions, but likely rank much lower within other institutions similar to their own.
While architecture deans slipped in salary rank in 2014-15, losing out to consumer science, note that the actual median salary increased from the previous year, from $201K to $210K. In other words, architecture deans did get raises, but they were smaller raises than those of their peers in other majors. To see the actual median salaries, mouse over each line on the graph.
CUPA-HR reports that in the most recent two years, salary growth for senior administrators was higher at public colleges (2.5%) than private colleges (2.3%). This is based on data from 1,227 colleges and universities across the United States.