CEO-to-top-0.1% and college-to-high-school wage ratios, selected years, 1979–2020
|Year||CEO compensation to top 0.1% wage earners||College-to-high-school wages||CEO compensation to top 0.1% wage earners||College-to-high-school wages|
Notes: Wages of top 0.1% of wage earners reflect W-2 annual earnings, which includes the value of exercised stock options and vested stock awards. The college-to-high-school wage ratios compare hourly wages of workers who have a college degree with hourly wages of workers who have only a high school education.
Source: Authors’ analysis of EPI State of Working America Data Library data on top 0.1% wages in Mishel and Kandra 2021; data on wages by educational attainment from the EPI State of Working America Data Library; and data on CEO compensation from an extrapolation of Kaplan’s (2012b) CEO compensation series.