Managing banks in times of upheaval can certainly carry big rewards.

The nation's 100 highest-paid bankers received 24% more in salary and bonuses last year than in 1994, according to a study prepared for the American Banker by SNL Securities, Charlottesville, Va. That increase is a big jump from the 8% average raise top bankers earned in 1994. (Complete tables begin on page 10.)

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