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CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratios Around the World

The CEOs of S&P 500 Index company made, on average, 354 times the average wages of rank-and-file U.S. workers in 2012.[1] CEOs in the United States don’t just make a lot more money than their own employees. On average, U.S. CEOs also make far more than CEOs of comparably sized companies in other developed countries. Click on each country to compare.

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U.S.A.
354
*Source: BLS
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U.S.A.
Average CEO Compensation
$12,259,894
Average Worker Compensation
$34,645
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Average CEO Compensation
Average Worker Compensation
*Source: OECD

Average CEO pay amounts are calculated in U.S. dollars based on 2012 or 2011 CEO pay levels for companies from the available in the S&P Capital IQ database. CEO-to-worker pay ratios for are calculated using 2011 average annual wages in U.S. dollars as reported by the OECD.Stat database.


[1]2012 U.S. CEO-to-worker pay ratio calculated based on AFL-CIO analysis of average CEO pay at 327 companies in the S&P 500 Index, which disclosed 2012 CEO pay data as of April 1, 2013, as provided by Salary.com. 2012 U.S. rank-and-file worker pay calculated from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics Survey—Table B-2: Average hours and earnings of production and non-supervisory employees on private non-farm payrolls.

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