The average worker’s salary increase of 3% does not compare the annual pay for CEOs of 12.1% last year, the fastest increase since 2010. Higher pension values, larger annual incentive payouts and higher values of long-term incentives all contributed to the large increase. The segment in size for CEO pay increase indicate that small-cap companies received the largest increase of 13.7 compared to midcap at 10.6% and large-cap of 11.6% companies.

Total pay includes the following:

  • Base salary
  • Annual and long-term cash bonuses
  • Long-term incentives such as stock options
  • Restricted stock
  • Long-term performance shares
  • Earnings from deferred compensation
  • Change in value of executive pensions
  • Pension benefits, increased the most by more than 4%

Do you have any of these benefits?  If not, you are not participating in the recovery.

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Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior

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