Federal tax returns reveal Emmert earned $1.7 million in 2012, a 5% increase over 2011.
Emmert, who became NCAA president in 2010, has come under increasing fire as intercollegiate athletics faces a series of controversies and court battles.
Emmert's leadership has been deemed ineffective by many, but his bottom line appears solid. As a nonprofit, the NCAA must annually release the salaries of its most highly compensated employees.
NCAA CEO Jim Isch, according to the return, earned $1.01 million in 2012.
Emmert's salary may seem high but pales in comparison with the reported $3 million (roughly) earned in the 2011-12 fiscal year by
Scott, if he wanted, could justify the difference the way Babe Ruth did in 1930 when Ruth was asked about making more money than President Herbert Hoover.