The 25 highest-paid executives in America
By Ben Taylor for Graphiq
The average American makes $50,000 to $70,000 per year. The lowest-compensated person on this list — a breakdown of America's 25 highest-compensated executives — made $44.3 million in 2014.
To put that in context, the typical American would have to work 738 years straight to match the 2014 compensation for David C. Drummond, Google's chief legal officer and senior vice president of corporate development.
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It might sound like a sensational statistic, but just this past August, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to reveal this very figure. The SEC will require public companies to report their CEO-to-employee pay ratios, figures that can sometimes be as lopsided as 738-to-1. Needless to say, many corporations aren't happy about the vote.
The following table breaks down each of the 25 highest-paid executives in America, complete with the year-over-year change in compensation, where available. The data comes from the SEC and is visualized by FindTheCompany.
If there's any downside to appearing on this list, it's the unpredictable nature of the market, which can turn a generous stock grant into worthless shares practically overnight. It might take 700 years for the average American to make $40 million, but a company's stock can plummet in a matter of days, and with it, the bulk of an executive's compensation. Score one for the predictable, $60K paycheck.
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