Originally Posted by HonestChieffan
Source of pay is easy to get to, its public information for publicly traded companies. You can go to the use link and pick by company and see the pay in total
How are you measuring options, including backdated options? Were they exercised? Are you factoring in long-term incentive payouts? Are you factoring in that at any point in time, the CEO can walk out the door and collect an astoundingly high golden parachute and retirement package EVEN IF THEY FAILED? Are you factoring in the 5-year cost the CEO incurs on the corporation for making a terrible long-term decision and then walking out before the decision actually negatively affects the company? What about perks, including non-related work expenses on the company dime?
On the surface alone... median pay is way up. Beneath the surface, there's a ton of that shit above that makes the problem even worse, because we're not even fully calculating the cost of executive compensation.