The highest-paid CEOs at the largest US companies

The highest-paid CEOs at the largest US companies


Chief executive officers are the highest-ranking – and often highest-profile – employees of any company or organization. They are also usually the highest paid. There are even some major companies where CEOs make over 1,000 times what their employees make.

Whether or not such a pay gap is justified is a matter of debate. The pressures that come with the top job at any major American company, however, are undeniable. CEOs of publicly traded companies are accountable to customers, regulators, shareholders, board members, and their own employees – in both good times and bad.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed CEO compensation packages at the largest, publicly traded American companies by revenue. With only a few exceptions, the largest companies report CEO compensation packages of at least seven figures. The vast majority of these CEOs earn eight figures annually. Some of these CEOs are the richest person in their state and even among the richest in the country.

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To rank the highest paid CEOs at America’s largest companies, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed total CEO compensation for the 150 largest public companies with the highest reported revenue for the year ended Dec. 31, 2017, unless otherwise noted, as reported by Forbes.

All compensation figures and employee counts are as of the last published proxy statement or last published 10-K statement. At some companies, the CEO listed in the most recent proxy no longer holds the top job and is listed as retired.

Because software company Oracle has two CEOs, 101 CEOs are included on this list. We included companies that have been merged, acquired, or have gone private since the reported compensation period.

101. Michael Kaufmann
• Most recent annual compensation: $8.4 million
• Company: Cardinal Health
• Revenue: $130.0 billion
• Number of employees: 40,400

100. Pietro Satriano
• Most recent annual compensation: $8.6 million
• Company: US Foods Holding
• Revenue: $24.1 billion
• Number of employees: 25,204

99. Thomas Bené
• Most recent annual compensation: $8.8 million
• Company: Sysco
• Revenue: $55.4 billion
• Number of employees: 45,900

98. Mark Parker
• Most recent annual compensation: $9.5 million
• Company: Nike
• Revenue: $34.4 billion
• Number of employees: 74,400

97. Tom Hayes
• Most recent annual compensation: $9.5 million (stepped down)
• Company: Tyson Foods
• Revenue: $38.3 billion
• Number of employees: 114,000

96. Oscar Munoz
• Most recent annual compensation: $10.2 million
• Company: United Continental Holdings
• Revenue: $37.7 billion
• Number of employees: 89,800

95. Charles Lowrey
• Most recent annual compensation: $10.4 million
• Company: Prudential Financial
• Revenue: $59.7 billion
• Number of employees: 49,705

94. Todd Vasos
• Most recent annual compensation: $10.6 million
• Company: Dollar General
• Revenue: $23.5 billion
• Number of employees: 129,000

93. Craig Menear
• Most recent annual compensation: $11.4 million
• Company: Home Depot
• Revenue: $100.9 billion
• Number of employees: 413,000

92. Steven Collis
• Most recent annual compensation: $11.5 million
• Company: AmerisourceBergen
• Revenue: $153.1 billion
• Number of employees: 19,500

91. W. Rodney McMullen
• Most recent annual compensation: $11.5 million
• Company: Kroger
• Revenue: $122.7 billion
• Number of employees: 449,000

90. W. Douglas Parker
• Most recent annual compensation: $12.2 million
• Company: American Airlines Group
• Revenue: $42.2 billion
• Number of employees: 126,600

89. Antonio Neri
• Most recent annual compensation: $12.6 million
• Company: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
• Revenue: $28.9 billion
• Number of employees: 66,000

88. Jeff Gennette
• Most recent annual compensation: $12.7 million
• Company: Macy’s
• Revenue: $24.8 billion
• Number of employees: 148,300

87. Michael Roman
• Most recent annual compensation: $12.9 million
• Company: 3M
• Revenue: $31.7 billion
• Number of employees: 91,536

86. Arne Sorenson
• Most recent annual compensation: $12.9 million
• Company: Marriott International
• Revenue: $22.9 billion
• Number of employees: 177,000

85. Thomas Fanning
• Most recent annual compensation: $13.1 million
• Company: Southern
• Revenue: $23.0 billion
• Number of employees: 31,344

84. Edward Bastian
• Most recent annual compensation: $13.2 million
• Company: Delta Air Lines
• Revenue: $41.2 billion
• Number of employees: 86,564

83. Kevin Johnson
• Most recent annual compensation: $13.4 million
• Company: Starbucks
• Revenue: $22.4 billion
• Number of employees: 277,000

82. Andrew Cecere
• Most recent annual compensation: $13.4 million
• Company: U.S. Bancorp
• Revenue: $24.0 billion
• Number of employees: 72,402

81. Stefano Pessina
• Most recent annual compensation: $13.5 million
• Company: Walgreens Boots Alliance
• Revenue: $118.2 billion
• Number of employees: 290,000

80. Edward Breen
• Most recent annual compensation: $13.8 million
• Company: DowDuPont Inc.
• Revenue: $62.7 billion
• Number of employees: 98,600

79. Lynn Good
• Most recent annual compensation: $14.0 million
• Company: Duke Energy
• Revenue: $23.2 billion
• Number of employees: 29,060

78. Jim Umpleby
• Most recent annual compensation: $14.0 million
• Company: Caterpillar
• Revenue: $45.6 billion
• Number of employees: 98,400

77. Susan Patricia Griffith
• Most recent annual compensation: $14.2 million
• Company: Progressive
• Revenue: $26.8 billion
• Number of employees: 33,656

76. Gail Boudreaux
• Most recent annual compensation: $14.2 million
• Company: Anthem
• Revenue: $90.0 billion
• Number of employees: 56,000

75. Marvin Ellison
• Most recent annual compensation: $14.3 million
• Company: Lowe’s
• Revenue: $68.6 billion
• Number of employees: 255,000

74. Alan Schnitzer
• Most recent annual compensation: $14.6 million
• Company: Travelers Cos.
• Revenue: $28.9 billion
• Number of employees: 30,800

73. Steven Kandarian
• Most recent annual compensation: $14.7 million
• Company: MetLife
• Revenue: $66.2 billion
• Number of employees: 49,000

72. Dirk Van de Put
• Most recent annual compensation: $15.0 million
• Company: Mondelez International
• Revenue: $25.9 billion
• Number of employees: 90,000

71. David Abney
• Most recent annual compensation: $15.1 million
• Company: UPS
• Revenue: $65.9 billion
• Number of employees: 346,415

70. Michael Long
• Most recent annual compensation: $15.3 million
• Company: Arrow Electronics
• Revenue: $26.8 billion
• Number of employees: 18,800

69. Christopher Crane
• Most recent annual compensation: $15.6 million
• Company: Exelon
• Revenue: $33.5 billion
• Number of employees: 34,621

68. Tim Cook
• Most recent annual compensation: $15.7 million
• Company: Apple
• Revenue: $229.2 billion
• Number of employees: 123,000

67. Stephen Easterbrook
• Most recent annual compensation: $15.9 million
• Company: McDonald’s
• Revenue: $22.8 billion
• Number of employees: 375,000

66. Timothy Wentworth
• Most recent annual compensation: $15.9 million
• Company: Express Scripts Holding (since acquired by Cigna)
• Revenue: $100.1 billion
• Number of employees: 26,600

65. André Calantzopoulos
• Most recent annual compensation: $15.9 million
• Company: Philip Morris International
• Revenue: $28.7 billion
• Number of employees: 80,600

64. Bruce D. Broussard
• Most recent annual compensation: $16.3 million
• Company: Humana
• Revenue: $53.8 billion
• Number of employees: 45,900

63. Thomas Kennedy
• Most recent annual compensation: $16.3 million
• Company: Raytheon
• Revenue: $25.3 billion
• Number of employees: 64,000

62. James Quincey
• Most recent annual compensation: $16.4 million
• Company: Coca-Cola
• Revenue: $35.4 billion
• Number of employees: 61,800

61. John Flannery
• Most recent annual compensation: $16.6 million (stepped down)
• Company: General Electric
• Revenue: $122.3 billion
• Number of employees: 313,000

60. Robert Swan
• Most recent annual compensation: $16.7 million
• Company: Intel
• Revenue: $62.8 billion
• Number of employees: 102,700

59. Hubert Joly
• Most recent annual compensation: $16.8 million
• Company: Best Buy
• Revenue: $42.2 billion
• Number of employees: 125,000

58. Ernie Herrman
• Most recent annual compensation: $16.9 million
• Company: TJX
• Revenue: $35.9 billion
• Number of employees: 235,000

57. David Ricks
• Most recent annual compensation: $17.2 million
• Company: Eli Lilly
• Revenue: $22.9 billion
• Number of employees: 40,655

56. Richard Fairbank
• Most recent annual compensation: $17.3 million
• Company: Capital One Financial
• Revenue: $30.0 billion
• Number of employees: 49,300

55. S.J. Squeri
• Most recent annual compensation: $17.3 million
• Company: American Express
• Revenue: $35.6 billion
• Number of employees: 55,000

54. David Taylor
• Most recent annual compensation: $17.4 million
• Company: Procter & Gamble
• Revenue: $66.2 billion
• Number of employees: 95,000

53. David Wichmann
• Most recent annual compensation: $17.4 million
• Company: UnitedHealth Group
• Revenue: $201.2 billion
• Number of employees: 260,000

52. V.M. Rometty
• Most recent annual compensation: $17.6 million
• Company: IBM
• Revenue: $79.1 billion
• Number of employees: 366,000

51. Gregory Hayes
• Most recent annual compensation: $17.6 million
• Company: United Technologies
• Revenue: $59.8 billion
• Number of employees: 204,700

50. James Hackett
• Most recent annual compensation: $17.8 million
• Company: Ford Motor
• Revenue: $156.8 billion
• Number of employees: 202,000

49. John Hammergren
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.1 million (stepped down)
• Company: McKesson
• Revenue: $198.5 billion
• Number of employees: 64,500

48. Alex Gorsky
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.2 million
• Company: Johnson & Johnson
• Revenue: $76.5 billion
• Number of employees: 134,000

47. Timothy Sloan
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.4 million (stepped down)
• Company: Wells Fargo
• Revenue: $97.7 billion
• Number of employees: 262,700

46. Samuel Allen
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.5 million
• Company: Deere
• Revenue: $29.7 billion
• Number of employees: 60,476

45. Robert Bradway
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.6 million
• Company: Amgen
• Revenue: $22.8 billion
• Number of employees: 20,800

44. Thomas Wilson
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.7 million
• Company: Allstate
• Revenue: $38.5 billion
• Number of employees: 42,680

43. Mark Bertolini
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.8 million
• Company: Aetna (since sold to CVS)
• Revenue: $60.5 billion
• Number of employees: 47,950

42. Joseph Gorder
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.8 million
• Company: Valero Energy
• Revenue: $88.4 billion
• Number of employees: 10,015

41. Darren Woods
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.8 million
• Company: Exxon Mobil
• Revenue: $244.4 billion
• Number of employees: 71,200

40. David Cordani
• Most recent annual compensation: $18.9 million
• Company: Cigna
• Revenue: $41.6 billion
• Number of employees: 46,000

39. Dion Weisler
• Most recent annual compensation: $19.2 million
• Company: HP
• Revenue: $52.1 billion
• Number of employees: 49,000

38. Darius Adamczyk
• Most recent annual compensation: $19.2 million
• Company: Honeywell International
• Revenue: $40.5 billion
• Number of employees: 131,000

37. Greg Garland
• Most recent annual compensation: $19.3 million
• Company: Phillips 66
• Revenue: $91.6 billion
• Number of employees: 14,600

36. I. Read
• Most recent annual compensation: $19.5 million (stepped down)
• Company: Pfizer
• Revenue: $52.5 billion
• Number of employees: 90,200

35. J. R. Luciano
• Most recent annual compensation: $19.6 million
• Company: Archer Daniels Midland
• Revenue: $60.8 billion
• Number of employees: 31,300

34. Steve MollenKopf
• Most recent annual compensation: $20.0 million
• Company: Qualcomm
• Revenue: $22.9 billion
• Number of employees: 33,800

33. M.K. Wirth
• Most recent annual compensation: $20.6 million
• Company: Chevron
• Revenue: $134.5 billion
• Number of employees: 51,900

32. David Solomon
• Most recent annual compensation: $20.7 million
• Company: Goldman Sachs Group
• Revenue: $42.3 billion
• Number of employees: 36,600

31. Phebe Novakovic
• Most recent annual compensation: $20.7 million
• Company: General Dynamics
• Revenue: $31.0 billion
• Number of employees: 98,800

30. Brian Duperreault
• Most recent annual compensation: $20.9 million
• Company: AIG
• Revenue: $49.5 billion
• Number of employees: 49,800

29. Kenneth Frazier
• Most recent annual compensation: $20.9 million
• Company: Merck
• Revenue: $40.1 billion
• Number of employees: 69,000

28. Richard Gonzalez
• Most recent annual compensation: $21.3 million
• Company: AbbVie
• Revenue: $28.2 billion
• Number of employees: 29,000

27. Charles Robbins
• Most recent annual compensation: $21.3 million
• Company: Cisco Systems
• Revenue: $48.0 billion
• Number of employees: 72,900

26. R. Milton Johnson
• Most recent annual compensation: $21.4 million (stepped down)
• Company: HCA Healthcare
• Revenue: $47.7 billion
• Number of employees: 221,491

25. Marillyn Hewson
• Most recent annual compensation: $21.5 million
• Company: Lockheed Martin
• Revenue: $51.0 billion
• Number of employees: 100,000

24. Mary Barra
• Most recent annual compensation: $21.9 million
• Company: General Motors
• Revenue: $157.3 billion
• Number of employees: 180,000

23. Mark Sutton
• Most recent annual compensation: $21.9 million
• Company: International Paper
• Revenue: $23.3 billion
• Number of employees: 56,000

22. Larry Merlo
• Most recent annual compensation: $21.9 million
• Company: CVS Health
• Revenue: $184.8 billion
• Number of employees: 203,000

21. Hans Vestberg
• Most recent annual compensation: $22.2 million
• Company: Verizon
• Revenue: $126.0 billion
• Number of employees: 155,400

20. Mark Zuckerberg
• Most recent annual compensation: $22.6 million
• Company: Facebook
• Revenue: $40.7 billion
• Number of employees: 25,105

19. Brian Moynihan
• Most recent annual compensation: $22.8 million
• Company: Bank of America Corp.
• Revenue: $100.3 billion
• Number of employees: 209,376

18. C. Douglas McMillon
• Most recent annual compensation: $22.8 million
• Company: Walmart
• Revenue: $500.3 billion
• Number of employees: 2,300,000

17. Dennis Muilenburg
• Most recent annual compensation: $23.4 million
• Company: Boeing
• Revenue: $93.4 billion
• Number of employees: 140,800

16. R.M. Lance
• Most recent annual compensation: $23.4 million
• Company: ConocoPhillips
• Revenue: $32.6 billion
• Number of employees: 11,400

15. Michael Corbat
• Most recent annual compensation: $24.2 million
• Company: Citigroup
• Revenue: $88.0 billion
• Number of employees: 209,000

14. Wesley Bush
• Most recent annual compensation: $24.2 million (stepped down)
• Company: Northrop Grumman
• Revenue: $25.8 billion
• Number of employees: 70,000

13. Miles White
• Most recent annual compensation: $24.3 million
• Company: Abbott Laboratories
• Revenue: $27.4 billion
• Number of employees: 99,000

12. Ramon Laguarta
• Most recent annual compensation: $24.5 million
• Company: PepsiCo
• Revenue: $62.8 billion
• Number of employees: 263,000

11. Satya Nadella
• Most recent annual compensation: $25.8 million
• Company: Microsoft
• Revenue: $90.0 billion
• Number of employees: 124,000

10. John Milligan
• Most recent annual compensation: $26.0 million (stepped down)
• Company: Gilead Sciences
• Revenue: $26.1 billion
• Number of employees: 10,000

9. Michael Neidorff
• Most recent annual compensation: $26.1 million
• Company: Centene
• Revenue: $48.6 billion
• Number of employees: 33,700

8. Sean O’Connor
• Most recent annual compensation: $26.8 million
• Company: INTL FCStone Inc
• Revenue: $29.4 billion
• Number of employees: 1,607

7. James Gorman
• Most recent annual compensation: $28.2 million
• Company: Morgan Stanley
• Revenue: $43.6 billion
• Number of employees: 57,633

6. R. Stephenson
• Most recent annual compensation: $29.1 million
• Company: AT&T
• Revenue: $160.5 billion
• Number of employees: 254,000

5. James Dimon
• Most recent annual compensation: $31.0 million
• Company: J.P. Morgan Chase
• Revenue: $113.9 billion
• Number of employees: 252,539

4. Brian Roberts
• Most recent annual compensation: $32.5 million
• Company: Comcast
• Revenue: $84.5 billion
• Number of employees: 164,000

3. Robert Iger
• Most recent annual compensation: $65.6 million
• Company: Disney
• Revenue: $55.1 billion
• Number of employees: 199,000

2. Safra Catz
• Most recent annual compensation: $108.3 million (tie)
• Company: Oracle
• Revenue: $37.7 billion
• Number of employees: 138,000

1. Mark Hurd
• Most recent annual compensation: $108.3 million (tie)
• Company: Oracle
• Revenue: $37.7 billion
• Number of employees: 138,000

24/7 Wall Street is a USA TODAY content partner offering financial news and commentary. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY.

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