The Inconvenient Truth About CEO Pay

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Of the roughly 30 million business in the U.S., fewer than 6,000 are publicly traded. And only the largest 8 percent of these public companies make it into the S&P 500. Yet, most media outlets repeat the $12.1 million median annual pay package static for CEOs. This leads to many mistaken assumptions about CEO pay.

Look at data for all U.S. CEOs—as we do—and you get a different story. Each year, Chief Executive Research surveys over 1,600 companies about their compensation levels and practices for prior year and current year.

Wayne Cooper, Chief Executive’s Head of Research, took a deep dive into the findings in the new 2018-2019 CEO & Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies. In the recent article, Sorry, Bernie: New Study Shows Inconvenient Truth About CEO Pay, he discusses what is really happening. Our findings? That the median private company CEO total compensation package for 2017 was $350,622—just 6.7 times the median income for all U.S. workers, not 275 times. Read the full article here.

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