CEO pay rose 17% in 2021 as profits soared; workers trailed

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NEW YORK (AP) — Pay for CEOs who run the biggest U.S. companies soared 17.1% last year, up to a median of $14.5 million. That’s according to the AP’s annual pay survey conducted with Equilar.

Such raises tower over the 4.4% gain in wages and benefits netted by private-sector workers.

The raises for many rank-and-file workers also failed to keep up with inflation, which reached 7% last year.

CEO pay took off as stock prices and profits rebounded sharply and the economy roared out of its brief 2020 recession.

Because much of a CEO’s compensation is tied to such performance, their pay gains zoomed higher after years of mostly moderating growth.


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