Apr 6, 2011

Median CEO pay jumped 27 percent in 2010

While teachers, police officers, firefighters and public employees are being blamed for the Bush recession that has state and local governments struggling to balance their budgets, and public employees have made large concession of pay and benefits, there is some good news: median CEO pay jumped 27 percent in 2010.

According to a USA Today analysis of data from GovernanceMetrics International, they found that median CEO pay jumped to a mere $9 million a year, but workers in private industry, meanwhile, saw their compensation grow just 2.1 percent in the 12 months that ended in December 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I have not met any workers in the private or public sector who has gotten a raise in the last couple of years, and some Michigan state employees have taken a pay cut twice so far in the past three years, as well as taking unpaid furlough days to help balance the budget.

American workers are taking home less in real weekly wages than they took home in the 1970s.

The only people doing well in this economy are the superrich and now, apparently, CEOs. In fact, in 1965 the average CEO was earning 24 times what the average worker was making, but that has jumped to 263 times at a time when workers are making concessions in wages and benefits to make a company solvent.

The superrich have gotten spectacularly richer over the last four decades while their fellow citizens either treaded water or lost ground. The top 1 percent of American earners took in 23.5 percent of the nation’s pretax income in 2007 — up from less than 9 percent in 1976. From 2002 to 2007, that top 1 percent’s pretax income increased an extraordinary 10 percent every year. But the boom proved an exclusive affair: in that same period, the median income for non-elderly American households went down and the poverty rate rose.

In addition to a 27 percent pay increase, CEO bonuses are up a whopping 47 percent. It can and will be argued by right-wingers that they earned that large raise by increasing profits 47 percent, but, as USA Today points out, they boosted those profits by cost-cutting – AKA outsourcing - and layoffs. In fact, CEOs who slashed their payrolls the deepest and laid off the most workers took home 42 percent more compensation than the year’s chief executive pay average for S&P 500 companies, according to the 17th annual executive compensation survey by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).

But the gravy train does not end with a boost in pay and bonuses. CEOs saw the estimated future value of stock and options awards take off in 2010, with the median value gaining 32 percent to $5.6 million. These stock and options, many of which were granted when stock prices were much lower than they are now, stand to create a shower of wealth when CEOs cash them in.


brad said...

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/03/uncovered-new-2-billion-bailout-obamacare lets thank Obama for that too shall we? Trying being honest for once Commie Guru.

Communications guru said...

I’m trying to figure out how this is a bad thing and how it contributes to the growing wealth inequality in this country and corporations paying no taxes.

Better yet, tell me how this opinion piece from rightwing publication has anything to do with CEO pay.

brad said...

Politico? AAAAhahaha

Obama has these big corps who libs hate wrapped around his finger. They keep getting money back and cheap taxes that you hate, Obama gives it to them and they can pay their CEO's more and they also can donate more to his $38,500 per person campaign dinners. Circle of cronyism at its finest. Again youre ok with it because youre not honest and its quite sickening.

You will attack the CEO's and the companies for not paying, and the Obama admin keeps giving them more and more, why do you think that is?

Communications guru said...

Like I said, Obama is not a liberal, but if we are talking about Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, it benefits retirees who retire without employer-sponsored insurance and before they are eligible for Medicare before the state exchanges kick in 2014.
Are you really trying to make the claim that the ERRP is the reason CEOs make more than 263 times more than the average worker? Please. It’s President Obama that wants eliminate the breaks for the richest 2 percent who continue to get richer at the middle class’s expense.

If you are concerned about the money in politics, then tell your party to support campaign finance reform, or at least some accountability.

Again, tell me how this opinion piece from rightwing publication has anything to do with CEO pay.

Not Anonymous said...

Simple solution. If you don't like working for CEO's that make all of this money in THEIR corporations, and are paying employees wages, health care, half of their social security and so on, the solution is to quit your job. It's hypocritical to continue to work for someone that is so unfair to his/her employees. So quit your job and then you can sit back and watch and see how these corporations can make any money without anyone working for them.

Of course, there is just one flaw in that plan. Someone will be thankful for the job and go and do the job and get paid, but hey, at least you won't be contributing to the profits of those evil corporations by working for them.

Communications guru said...

Can you be any more ridiculous?

Once again, anonymous coward, I am still waiting for you to back up your outrageous lie that we were “nearly shoulder to shoulder once.”

Not Anonymous said...

Ahhh, yes, the namecalling without any intelligent response. You are without a doubt the Communications guru.

Communications guru said...

What name-calling?

When you say something intelligent, you will get an intelligent response.

Once again, anonymous coward, I am still waiting for you to back up your outrageous lie that we were “nearly shoulder to shoulder once.”