Equilar’s 2017 CEO Pay Trends report shows that the compensation packages of CEOs at the US’s 500 largest public companies rose by 6.1 percent in 2016 to a median of $11 million, representing the largest increase at the top of the payroll since 2013:
“Median CEO pay packages consistently climbed each year over the five-year study period examined for this report,” said Matthew Goforth, Equilar Research Manager and lead author of the report. “At the same time, boards continue to tweak incentive pay to align CEO interests with both company strategy and shareholder returns over the long term.”
During the study period, a growing number of companies began granting performance-based long-term incentives (LTI) to their chief executives, reaching 81.5% of Equilar 500 companies in 2016. Meanwhile, the Equilar report found that the prevalence of CEOs receiving time-based stock options fell to a low of 50.0% in 2016.