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Highest paid CEOs in America

Highest paid CEOs in America

Among the hotly contested debates in the contemporary United States is what to make of the vast discrepancy that exists between the salaries of the country's top-earning CEOs and the average worker within their companies. While some people are outraged by the fact that Walmart CEO Doug McMillon raked in more than 1,000 times what his median employee made in 2017, others argue that the ratio is justified and not indicative of a problem in need of rectifying. Alex Edmans of the Harvard Business Review likens the discrepancy to that of a band’s lead singer and bassist, alluding to the fact that people who perform tasks of varying levels of importance in a company ought to receive compensation that reflects these differing contributions.

Using data from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Stacker listed the 100 highest-paid CEOs in the United States according to what they made in 2019 or 2020. The data is accurate as of Jan. 14, 2021, and any changes in the company or its CEO are noted with an asterisk.

Read on to see how much the chief executives of top companies made.

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#100. Richard Wallace (KLA Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $20,512,367
- Median worker pay: $85,968 (239:1 ratio)

#99. Darius Adamczyk (Honeywell International Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $20,525,104
- Median worker pay: $69,513 (295:1 ratio)

#98. David Meredith (Everbridge, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $20,536,615
- Median worker pay: $75,599 (272:1 ratio)

#97. Matthew Murphy (Marvell Technology Group Ltd.)

- 2020 salary: $20,624,344
- Median worker pay: $152,014 (136:1 ratio)

#96. Marc Holliday (SL Green Realty Corp.)

- 2019 salary: $20,990,016
- Median worker pay: $71,887 (292:1 ratio)

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#95. W. McMullen (The Kroger Co.)

- 2020 salary: $21,129,648
- Median worker pay: $26,790 (789:1 ratio)

#94. Chad Richison (Paycom Software, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $21,138,558
- Median worker pay: $64,408 (328:1 ratio)

#93. Juan Alaix (Zoetis Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $21,145,419
- Median worker pay: $76,949 (275:1 ratio)

#92. David Ricks (Eli Lilly and Company)

- 2019 salary: $21,283,242
- Median worker pay: $96,290 (221:1 ratio)

#91. John Foley (Peloton Interactive, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $21,359,700

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#90. Andrew Wilson (Electronic Arts Inc.)

- 2020 salary: $21,365,751
- Median worker pay: $97,986 (218:1 ratio)

#89. Christopher Nassetta (Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $21,374,121
- Median worker pay: $43,695 (489:1 ratio)

#88. Fabrizio Freda (The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $21,435,428
- Median worker pay: $30,733 (697:1 ratio)

#87. Leonard Schleifer (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $21,455,117
- Median worker pay: $139,055 (154:1 ratio)

#86. Gregory Hayes (Raytheon Technologies Corp.)

- 2019 salary: $21,538,847
- Median worker pay: $76,417 (282:1 ratio)

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#85. Richard Gonzalez (AbbVie Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $21,610,598
- Median worker pay: $155,885 (139:1 ratio)

#84. William Stone (SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $21,620,325
- Median worker pay: $133,054 (162:1 ratio)

#83. Mary Barra (General Motors Company)

- 2019 salary: $21,630,867
- Median worker pay: $106,715 (203:1 ratio)

#82. Samuel Allen (Deere & Company)

- 2019 salary: $21,697,885
- Median worker pay: $80,267 (270:1 ratio)

#81. James Robo (NextEra Energy, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $21,877,597
- Median worker pay: $129,735 (168:1 ratio)

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#80. C. McMillon (Walmart Inc.)

- 2020 salary: $22,105,350
- Median worker pay: $22,484 (983:1 ratio)

#79. Andre Calantzopoulos (Philip Morris International Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $22,125,060
- Median worker pay: $54,086 (396:1 ratio)

#78. Ari Bousbib (IQVIA Holdings, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $22,139,776
- Median worker pay: $118,891 (186:1 ratio)

#77. Stephen Angel (Linde Plc)

- 2019 salary: $22,475,878
- Median worker pay: $43,216 (520:1 ratio)

#76. Therese Tucker (BlackLine, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $22,552,158
- Median worker pay: $176,747 (128:1 ratio)

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#75. Robert Pittman (iHeartMedia, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $22,868,420
- Median worker pay: $56,068 (408:1 ratio)

#74. Steven Mollenkopf (QUALCOMM Incorporated)

- 2019 salary: $23,065,052
- Median worker pay: $90,259 (256:1 ratio)

#73. Ajay Banga (Mastercard Incorporated)

- 2019 salary: $23,249,977
- Median worker pay: $138,142 (168:1 ratio)

#72. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $23,415,973
- Median worker pay: $247,883 (94:1 ratio)

#71. Darren Woods (Exxon Mobil Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $23,494,929
- Median worker pay: $173,712 (135:1 ratio)

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#70. Gregory Brown (Motorola Solutions, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $23,619,990
- Median worker pay: $93,750 (252:1 ratio)

#69. Stephen Squeri (American Express Company)

- 2019 salary: $23,796,002
- Median worker pay: $64,803 (367:1 ratio)

#68. Nikesh Arora (Palo Alto Networks, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $23,885,839
- Median worker pay: $219,722 (109:1 ratio)

#67. Gary Heminger (Marathon Petroleum Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $24,129,164
- Median worker pay: $27,507 (877:1 ratio)

#66. Jay Horgen (Affiliated Managers Group, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $24,197,628
- Median worker pay: $160,697 (151:1 ratio)

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#65. Michael Lamach (Trane Technologies Plc)

- 2019 salary: $24,217,128
- Median worker pay: $54,757 (442:1 ratio)

#64. Alfred Kelly Jr. (Visa Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $24,265,771
- Median worker pay: $142,494 (170:1 ratio)

#63. Ronald Rittenmeyer (Tenet Healthcare Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $24,288,660
- Median worker pay: $53,714 (452:1 ratio)

#62. Laurence Fink (BlackRock, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $24,308,254
- Median worker pay: $133,644 (182:1 ratio)

#61. Alan Miller (Universal Health Services, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $24,473,240
- Median worker pay: $38,931 (629:1 ratio)

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#60. James Cracchiolo (Ameriprise Financial, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $24,516,930
- Median worker pay: $106,428 (230:1 ratio)

#59. H. Culp Jr. (General Electric Company)

- 2019 salary: $24,553,788
- Median worker pay: $50,471 (486:1 ratio)

#58. David Solomon (The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $24,657,737
- Median worker pay: $138,854 (178:1 ratio)

#57. Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands Corp.)

- 2019 salary: $24,680,118
- Median worker pay: $42,228 (584:1 ratio)

#56. N. Linebarger (Cummins Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $25,116,751
- Median worker pay: $73,480 (342:1 ratio)

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#55. Alex Gorsky (Johnson & Johnson)

- 2019 salary: $25,365,777
- Median worker pay: $76,000 (334:1 ratio)

#54. Michael Corbat (Citigroup Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $25,508,761
- Median worker pay: $52,988 (482:1 ratio)

#53. Daniel Schulman (PayPal Holdings, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $25,825,473
- Median worker pay: $70,405 (367:1 ratio)

#52. Charles Robbins (Cisco Systems, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $25,829,833
- Median worker pay: $142,593 (181:1 ratio)

#51. Elizabeth Barrett (UroGen Pharma Ltd.)

- 2019 salary: $25,900,823
- Median worker pay: $223,867 (116:1 ratio)

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#50. Marc Benioff (salesforce.com, inc.)

- 2020 salary: $25,969,494
- Median worker pay: $167,750 (155:1 ratio)

#49. Brian Moynihan (Bank of America Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $26,039,213
- Median worker pay: $94,256 (276:1 ratio)

#48. Mohan Maheswaran (Semtech Corporation)

- 2020 salary: $26,095,955
- Median worker pay: $84,458 (309:1 ratio)

#47. Neil Kumar (BridgeBio Pharma, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $26,334,063

#46. Glenn Fusfield (OneSpaWorld Holdings Ltd.)

- 2019 salary: $26,381,708

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#45. Michael Neidorff (Centene Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $26,438,425
- Median worker pay: $68,987 (383:1 ratio)

#44. Samuel Hazen (HCA Healthcare, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $26,788,251
- Median worker pay: $56,012 (478:1 ratio)

#43. Jeffery Yabuki (Fiserv, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $27,601,026
- Median worker pay: $65,254 (423:1 ratio)

#42. Kenneth Frazier (Merck & Co., Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $27,648,475
- Median worker pay: $95,621 (289:1 ratio)

#41. Gary Norcross (Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $27,658,117
- Median worker pay: $59,235 (467:1 ratio)

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#40. John Legere (T-Mobile US, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $27,756,690
- Median worker pay: $62,195 (446:1 ratio)

#39. Miles White (Abbott Laboratories)

- 2019 salary: $27,802,817
- Median worker pay: $84,434 (329:1 ratio)

#38. Thomas Fanning (The Southern Company)

- 2019 salary: $27,865,185
- Median worker pay: $167,872 (166:1 ratio)

#37. Joseph Gorder (Valero Energy Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $28,200,511
- Median worker pay: $272,417 (103:1 ratio)

#36. William Brown (L3Harris Technologies, Inc.)

- 2020 salary: $29,037,879
- Median worker pay: $58,426 (269:1 ratio)

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#35. Daniel O'Day (Gilead Sciences, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $29,107,854
- Median worker pay: $173,264 (169:1 ratio)

#34. Robert Kotick (Activision Blizzard, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $30,122,896
- Median worker pay: $94,308 (319:1 ratio)

#33. David Ossip (Ceridian HCM Holding, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $30,180,957

#32. Ryan Lance (ConocoPhillips)

- 2019 salary: $30,363,744
- Median worker pay: $186,334 (163:1 ratio)

#31. Hamid Moghadam (Prologis, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $30,383,438
- Median worker pay: $117,751 (258:1 ratio)

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#30. Marillyn Hewson (Lockheed Martin Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $30,913,982
- Median worker pay: $154,883 (200:1 ratio)

#29. Michael O'Sullivan (Burlington Stores, Inc.)

- 2020 salary: $31,056,597
- Median worker pay: $11,583 (3,030:1 ratio)

#28. James Dimon (JPMorgan Chase & Co.)

- 2019 salary: $31,612,616
- Median worker pay: $80,431 (393:1 ratio)

#27. James Gorman (Morgan Stanley)

- 2019 salary: $31,642,395
- Median worker pay: $127,414 (248:1 ratio)

#26. Greg Garland (Phillips 66)

- 2019 salary: $31,900,878
- Median worker pay: $188,738 (169:1 ratio)

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#25. Randall Stephenson (AT&T Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $32,032,925
- Median worker pay: $98,630 (325:1 ratio)

#24. Mario Gabelli (GAMCO Investors, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $32,236,004

#23. Michael Wirth (Chevron Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $33,070,662
- Median worker pay: $140,063 (236:1 ratio)

#22. Charles Scharf (Wells Fargo & Company)

- 2019 salary: $34,286,574
- Median worker pay: $65,931 (550:1 ratio)

#21. Donald Umpleby III (Caterpillar Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $34,519,129
- Median worker pay: $65,132 (530:1 ratio)

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#20. Brian Roberts (Comcast Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $36,370,183
- Median worker pay: $78,869 (461:1 ratio)

#19. Larry Merlo (CVS Health Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $36,451,749
- Median worker pay: $46,140 (790:1 ratio)

#18. Reed Hastings (Netflix, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $38,577,129
- Median worker pay: $202,931 (190:1 ratio)

#17. Shantanu Narayen (Adobe, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $39,145,631
- Median worker pay: $147,115 (266:1 ratio)

#16. William McDermott (ServiceNow, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $41,682,335

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#15. Lachlan Murdoch (Fox Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $42,111,103

#14. Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber Technologies, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $42,428,233

#13. Patrick Gelsinger (VMware, Inc.)

- 2020 salary: $42,549,725
- Median worker pay: $139,046 (306:1 ratio)

#12. Satya Nadella (Microsoft Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $42,910,215
- Median worker pay: $172,512 (249:1 ratio)

#11. Miguel Patricio (The Kraft Heinz Company)

- 2019 salary: $43,297,480
- Median worker pay: $42,689 (1,034:1 ratio)

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#10. Gregory Maffei (Liberty Media Corp.)

- 2019 salary: $44,045,070
- Median worker pay: $93,055 (473:1 ratio)

#9. Martine Rothblatt (United Therapeutics Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $45,635,037
- Median worker pay: $196,979 (232:1 ratio)

#8. David Zaslav (Discovery, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $45,843,912
- Median worker pay: $79,343 (578:1 ratio)

#7. Benjamin Silbermann (Pinterest, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $46,222,113

#6. Robert Iger (The Walt Disney Company)

- 2019 salary: $47,517,762
- Median worker pay: $52,184 (911:1 ratio)

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#5. John Plant (Howmet Aerospace Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $51,712,578
- Median worker pay: $55,497 (934:1 ratio)

#4. James Dolan (Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.)

- 2019 salary: $54,116,491
- Median worker pay: $18,650 (2,902:1 ratio)

#3. Lisa Su (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $58,534,288
- Median worker pay: $96,874 (604:1 ratio)

#2. Robert Swan (Intel Corporation)

- 2019 salary: $66,935,100
- Median worker pay: $96,300 (695:1 ratio)

#1. Sundar Pichai (Alphabet Inc.)

- 2019 salary: $280,621,552
- Median worker pay: $258,708 (1,085:1 ratio)

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