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2015 CEO Pay Strategies


In a booming market, companies continued to elevate their benchmarks as they sought better performances from both their executives and their own respective businesses. As a result, CEO compensation continued to rise across all of the S&P 1500’s indices, according to findings in a new report from Equilar, CEO Pay Strategies 2015.

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Key Findings:

  • Compensation of CEOs has continued to grow. Median compensation in the S&P 500 was $10.3 million and median compensation in the S&P 1500 was $5.3 million.

  • Performance equity has remained an important part of pay. 83.2% and 82.6% of S&P 500 and S&P 1500 CEOs, respectively, received performance equity awards.

  • Options have given up more ground. The median S&P 500 CEO saw only 15% of his or her total compensation value in the form of options. Less than half of S&P 1500 CEOs received options at all.