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CEO-to-worker compensation ratio of top firms in the U.S. 1965-2020

Aggregated CEO-to-worker compensation ratio for the 350 largest publicly owned companies in the United States from 1965 to 2020

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Release date

August 2021


United States

Survey time period

1965 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Figures for 2020 are a projection.
Compensation data has been taken from the top 350 publicly owned firms in the United States for each year, ranked by sales.
CEO compensation contains salary, bonuses, restricted stock grants, options granted, and long-term incentive payouts. Values based off the "realized CEO compensation", which captures the value of stock-related components that accrues after options or stock awards are granted by including “stock options exercised” and “vested stock awards.”
Worker salary is the annual average compensation of production and nonsupervisory workers in the key industry of the firm.

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