Real CEO compensation growth, by CEO pay fifth, 2013–2014

Quintile Percent change
Bottom 11.1%
Second 7.9%
Middle 4.5%
Fourth 5.6%
Top 1.5%


Note: CEO annual compensation is computed using the "options realized" compensation series, which includes salary, bonus, restricted stock grants, options exercised, and long-term incentive payouts for CEOs at the top 350 U.S. firms ranked by sales.

Source: Authors' analysis of data from Compustat's ExecuComp database

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