Highest-paid CEOs in the U.S. 2018

This graph shows a ranking of the 20 highest-paid CEOs in the United States in 2018. In 2018, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, was the highest-paid CEO with a total annual compensation of 2.28 billion U.S. dollars.

Ranking of the highest-paid CEOs in the United States as of 2018

Compensation in million U.S. dollars
Elon Musk (Tesla)2,284.04
David M. Zaslav (Discovery)129.5
Nikesh Arora (Palo Alto Networks)125.07
Mark V. Hurd (Oracle)108.3
Safra A. Catz (Oracle)108.28
John J. Legere (T-Mobile US)66.54
Robert A. Iger (Walt Disney)65.65
James Heppelmann (PTC)49.97
Fabrizio Freda (Estee Lauder)48.16
Vivek Shah (J2 Global)45.06
Richard B. Handler (Jefferies Financial Group)44.67
James R. Murdoch (Twenty-First Century Fox)44.42
Lewis L. Bird, III (At Home Group)43.09
Stephen P. MacMillan (Hologic)42.04
Joseph M. Hogan (Align Technology)41.76
Paul C. Saville (NVR)39.13
Daniel H. Schulman (PayPal)37.76
Reed Hastings (Netflix)36.08
Jeff K. Storey (CenturyLink)35.66
Brian R. Niccol (Chipotle Mexican Grill)33.52
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Sources

Release date

May 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Based on 200 U.S.-based or listed companies with more than 1 billion U.S. dollars in revenue that filed proxy statements by the end of April 2019.

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