Highest Paid CEOs at America’s 100 Largest Companies

April 4, 2018 by Sam Stebbins

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Chief executive officers are the highest-ranking — and often highest-profile — employees of any company or organization. They are also often the highest paid. According to a study by the AFL-CIO, a typical CEO of a S&P 500 company earned 347 times as much as the typical employee in a non-supervisory role in 2016.

Whether or not such a pay gap is justified is a matter for debate. However, the pressures that come with the top-job at any major American company are undeniable. CEOs of publicly traded companies are accountable to customers, regulators, shareholders, board members, and their own employees — in both good times and bad.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed CEO compensation packages for the 100 largest, publicly traded American companies by revenue. With only a couple of exceptions, CEOs of the largest companies report compensation packages of at least seven figures, the vast majority of whom earn eight-figures annually.

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101. Larry Page
> Company: Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL)
> Total compensation: $1
> Revenue: $90.3 billion
> Number of employees: 72,053
> Profit: $19.5 billion

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100. Warren E. Buffett
> Company: Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A)
> Total compensation: $100,000
> Revenue: $223.6 billion
> Number of employees: 367,700
> Profit: $24.1 billion

Source: David McNew / Getty Images

99. Jeffrey P. Bezos
> Company: Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN)
> Total compensation: $1.7 million
> Revenue: $136.0 billion
> Number of employees: 341,400
> Profit: $2.4 billion

Source: chsinc.com

98. Jay D. Debertin
> Company: CHS (NASDAQ: CHSCM)
> Total compensation: $2.0 million
> Revenue: $30.3 billion
> Number of employees: 12,157
> Profit: $424.2 million

Source: Anthem, Inc.

97. Gail K. Boudreaux
> Company: Anthem (NYSE: ANTM)
> Total compensation: $2.2 million
> Revenue: $84.9 billion
> Number of employees: 53,000
> Profit: $2.5 billion

Source: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

96. Michael S. Dell
> Company: Dell Technologies (NYSE: DVMT)
> Total compensation: $3.3 million
> Revenue: $64.8 billion
> Number of employees: 138,000
> Profit: -$1.7 billion

Source: kellogg.northwestern.edu

95. Bernardo Hees
> Company: Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ: KHC)
> Total compensation: $4.2 million
> Revenue: $26.5 billion
> Number of employees: 41,000
> Profit: $3.6 billion

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Source: World Fuel Services Corporation

94. Michael J. Kasbar
> Company: World Fuel Services (NYSE: INT)
> Total compensation: $4.6 million
> Revenue: $27.0 billion
> Number of employees: 5,000
> Profit: $126.5 million

Source: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

93. Mark Zuckerberg
> Company: Facebook (NASDAQ: FB)
> Total compensation: $5.8 million
> Revenue: $27.6 billion
> Number of employees: 17,048
> Profit: $10.2 billion

Source: Stagophile / Wikimedia Commons

92. John Flannery
> Company: General Electric (NYSE: GE)
> Total compensation: $5.8 million
> Revenue: $126.7 billion
> Number of employees: 295,000
> Profit: $8.8 billion

Source: Twitter / Tech_Data

91. Robert M. Dutkowsky
> Company: Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD)
> Total compensation: $5.9 million
> Revenue: $26.2 billion
> Number of employees: 9,500
> Profit: $195.1 million

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90. Walter Craig Jelinek
> Company: Costco (NASDAQ: COST)
> Total compensation: $6.6 million
> Revenue: $118.7 billion
> Number of employees: 172,000
> Profit: $2.4 billion

Source: news.prudential.com

89. John R. Strangfeld
> Company: Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU)
> Total compensation: $7.7 million
> Revenue: $58.8 billion
> Number of employees: 49,739
> Profit: $4.4 billion OR $4368.0 million

Source: newsroom.charter.com

88. Thomas M. Rutledge
> Company: Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR)
> Total compensation: $7.8 million
> Revenue: $29.0 billion
> Number of employees: 91,500
> Profit: $3.5 billion

Source: Rite Aid Corp.

87. John T. Standley
> Company: Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD)
> Total compensation: $8.1 million
> Revenue: $30.7 billion
> Number of employees: 70,580
> Profit: $165.5 million

86. Tim Cook
> Company: Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)
> Total compensation: $8.7 million
> Revenue: $215.6 billion
> Number of employees: 116,000
> Profit: $45.7 billion

Source: Tyson Foods, Inc.

85. Tom Hayes
> Company: Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN)
> Total compensation: $8.9 million
> Revenue: $36.9 billion
> Number of employees: 114,000
> Profit: $1.8 billion

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Source: Avnet, Inc.

84. William Amelio
> Company: Avnet (NYSE: AVT)
> Total compensation: $9.3 million
> Revenue: $26.2 billion
> Number of employees: 17,700
> Profit: $506.5 million

Source: Courtesy of AmerisourceBergen

83. Steven H. Collis
> Company: AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC)
> Total compensation: $9.9 million
> Revenue: $146.8 billion
> Number of employees: 18,500
> Profit: $1.4 billion

Source: The Coca-Cola Company

82. James Quincey
> Company: Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO)
> Total compensation: $10.2 million
> Revenue: $41.9 billion
> Number of employees: 100,300
> Profit: $6.5 billion

Source: cardinalhealth.com

81. George S. Barrett
> Company: Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH)
> Total compensation: $11.0 million
> Revenue: $121.5 billion
> Number of employees: 37,300
> Profit: $1.4 billion

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80. William Douglas Parker
> Company: American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL)
> Total compensation: $11.1 million
> Revenue: $40.2 billion
> Number of employees: 122,300
> Profit: $2.7 billion

Source: Monica Schipper / Getty Images

79. Brian C. Cornell
> Company: Target (NYSE: TGT)
> Total compensation: $11.3 million
> Revenue: $69.5 billion
> Number of employees: 323,000
> Profit: $2.7 billion

78. Alan D. Schnitzer
> Company: Travelers Cos. (NYSE: TRV)
> Total compensation: $11.6 million
> Revenue: $27.6 billion
> Number of employees: 30,900
> Profit: $3.0 billion

Source: Home Depot Product Authority, LLC

77. Craig A. Menear
> Company: Home Depot (NYSE: HD)
> Total compensation: $11.6 million
> Revenue: $94.6 billion
> Number of employees: 406,000
> Profit: $8.0 billion

Source: Delta Air Lines, Inc.

76. Edward H. Bastian
> Company: Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL)
> Total compensation: $12.6 million
> Revenue: $39.6 billion
> Number of employees: 83,756
> Profit: $4.4 billion

Source: Rusty Jarrett / Getty Images for NASCAR

75. Robert A. Niblock
> Company: Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW)
> Total compensation: $12.7 million
> Revenue: $65.0 billion
> Number of employees: 240,000
> Profit: $3.1 billion

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Source: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images for New York Times

74. William Rodney McMullen
> Company: Kroger (NYSE: KR)
> Total compensation: $13.2 million
> Revenue: $115.3 billion
> Number of employees: 443,000
> Profit: $2.0 billion

Source: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

73. Terry J. Lundgren
> Company: Macy’s (NYSE: M)
> Total compensation: $13.5 million
> Revenue: $25.8 billion
> Number of employees: 148,300
> Profit: $619.0 million

Source: Getty Images

72. Edward D. Breen
> Company: DowDuPont Inc. (NYSE: DWDP)
> Total compensation: $13.8 million
> Revenue: $62.5 billion
> Number of employees: 98,000
> Profit: $1.5 billion

Source: about.nike.com

71. Mark G. Parker
> Company: Nike (NYSE: NKE)
> Total compensation: $13.9 million
> Revenue: $32.4 billion
> Number of employees: 70,700
> Profit: $3.8 billion

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Source: Best Buy Co., Inc. / Wikimedia Commons

70. Hubert Joly
> Company: Best Buy (NYSE: BBY)
> Total compensation: $14.0 million
> Revenue: $39.4 billion
> Number of employees: 125,000
> Profit: $1.2 billion

Source: pressroom.ups.com

69. David P. Abney
> Company: UPS (NYSE: UPS)
> Total compensation: $14.6 million
> Revenue: $60.9 billion
> Number of employees: 335,520
> Profit: $3.4 billion

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

68. Stefano Pessina
> Company: Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ: WBA)
> Total compensation: $14.7 million
> Revenue: $117.4 billion
> Number of employees: 300,000
> Profit: $4.2 billion

Source: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

67. Dion J. Weisler
> Company: HP (NYSE: HPQ)
> Total compensation: $14.7 million
> Revenue: $48.2 billion
> Number of employees: 49,000
> Profit: $2.5 billion

Source: Courtesy of Exelon

66. Christopher M. Crane
> Company: Exelon (NYSE: EXC)
> Total compensation: $14.9 million
> Revenue: $31.4 billion
> Number of employees: 34,396
> Profit: $1.1 billion

Source: Sysco Corporation / YouTube

65. William J. DeLaney
> Company: Sysco (NYSE: SYY)
> Total compensation: $15.1 million
> Revenue: $50.4 billion
> Number of employees: 51,900
> Profit: $949.6 million

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64. Steven A. Kandarian
> Company: MetLife (NYSE: MET)
> Total compensation: $15.3 million
> Revenue: $63.5 billion
> Number of employees: 58,000
> Profit: $800.0 million

Source: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

63. Stephen Easterbrook
> Company: McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD)
> Total compensation: $15.4 million
> Revenue: $24.6 billion
> Number of employees: 375,000
> Profit: $4.7 billion

Source: owu.edu

62. John F. Milligan
> Company: Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD)
> Total compensation: $15.4 million
> Revenue: $30.4 billion
> Number of employees: 9,000
> Profit: $13.5 billion

Source: Andrew Burton / Getty Images

61. Douglas R. Oberhelman
> Company: Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT)
> Total compensation: $15.5 million
> Revenue: $38.5 billion
> Number of employees: 95,400
> Profit: -$67.0 million

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Source: fedex.com

60. Frederick W. Smith
> Company: FedEx (NYSE: FDX)
> Total compensation: $15.6 million
> Revenue: $50.4 billion
> Number of employees: 335,767
> Profit: $1.8 billion

Source: adm.com

59. Juan R. Luciano
> Company: Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM)
> Total compensation: $15.9 million
> Revenue: $62.3 billion
> Number of employees: 31,800
> Profit: $1.3 billion

Source: Courtesy of Express Scripts Holding

58. Timothy Wentworth
> Company: Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ: ESRX)
> Total compensation: $15.9 million
> Revenue: $100.3 billion
> Number of employees: 25,600
> Profit: $3.4 billion

Source: whirlpoolcorp.com

57. Samuel R. Allen
> Company: Deere (NYSE: DE)
> Total compensation: $16.1 million
> Revenue: $26.6 billion
> Number of employees: 56,767
> Profit: $1.5 billion

Source: press.capitalone.com

56. Richard D. Fairbank
> Company: Capital One Financial (NYSE: COF)
> Total compensation: $16.2 million
> Revenue: $27.5 billion
> Number of employees: 47,300
> Profit: $3.8 billion

Source: Photo by Jeff Zelevansky http://www.jazphoto.com / Wikimedia Commons

55. Darius Adamczyk
> Company: Honeywell International (NYSE: HON)
> Total compensation: $16.5 million
> Revenue: $39.3 billion
> Number of employees: 131,000
> Profit: $4.8 billion

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Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

54. James P. Hackett
> Company: Ford Motor (NYSE: F)
> Total compensation: $16.7 million
> Revenue: $151.8 billion
> Number of employees: 201,000
> Profit: $4.6 billion

Source: newsroom.cisco.com

53. Charles H. Robbins
> Company: Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO)
> Total compensation: $16.7 million
> Revenue: $49.2 billion
> Number of employees: 73,700
> Profit: $10.7 billion

Source: utc.com

52. Gregory J. Hayes
> Company: United Technologies (NYSE: UTX)
> Total compensation: $17.0 million
> Revenue: $57.2 billion
> Number of employees: 201,600
> Profit: $5.1 billion

Source: Andrew Burton / Getty Images

51. Margaret C. Whitman
> Company: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE)
> Total compensation: $17.1 million
> Revenue: $50.1 billion
> Number of employees: 195,000
> Profit: $3.2 billion

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Source: hcatodayblog.com

50. R. Milton Johnson
> Company: HCA Holdings (NYSE: HCA)
> Total compensation: $17.3 million
> Revenue: $44.7 billion
> Number of employees: 210,500
> Profit: $2.9 billion

Source: wellsfargo.com

49. Timothy J. Sloan
> Company: Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC)
> Total compensation: $17.6 million
> Revenue: $94.2 billion
> Number of employees: 269,100
> Profit: $21.9 billion

Source: cigna.com

48. David M. Cordani
> Company: Cigna (NYSE: CI)
> Total compensation: $17.6 million
> Revenue: $39.7 billion
> Number of employees: 41,000
> Profit: $1.9 billion

Source: Detroit Economic Club / YouTube

47. Stephen J. Hemsley
> Company: UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH)
> Total compensation: $17.8 million
> Revenue: $184.8 billion
> Number of employees: 230,000
> Profit: $7.0 billion

Source: Jason Kempin / Getty Images

46. Michael Corbat
> Company: Citigroup (NYSE: C)
> Total compensation: $17.8 million
> Revenue: $82.4 billion
> Number of employees: 219,000
> Profit: $14.9 billion

Source: Fortune Live Media / Wikimedia Commons

45. Lowell McAdam
> Company: Verizon (NYSE: VZ)
> Total compensation: $17.9 million
> Revenue: $126.0 billion
> Number of employees: 160,900
> Profit: $13.1 billion

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Source: Courtesy of Procter & Gamble

44. David Taylor
> Company: Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG)
> Total compensation: $18.1 million
> Revenue: $71.7 billion
> Number of employees: 105,000
> Profit: $10.5 billion

Source: cvshealth.com

43. Larry J. Merlo
> Company: CVS Health (NYSE: CVS)
> Total compensation: $18.4 million
> Revenue: $177.5 billion
> Number of employees: 204,000
> Profit: $5.3 billion

Source: boeing.com

42. Dennis A. Muilenburg
> Company: Boeing (NYSE: BA)
> Total compensation: $18.5 million
> Revenue: $94.6 billion
> Number of employees: 150,540
> Profit: $4.9 billion

Source: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images for Save the Children

41. Ernie Herrman
> Company: TJX (NYSE: TJX)
> Total compensation: $18.5 million
> Revenue: $33.2 billion
> Number of employees: 235,000
> Profit: $2.3 billion

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Source: Paul Morigi / Getty Images for Fortune/Time Inc

40. Virginia Marie Rometty
> Company: IBM (NYSE: IBM)
> Total compensation: $18.6 million
> Revenue: $79.9 billion
> Number of employees: 414,400
> Profit: $11.9 billion

Source: Mario Tama / Getty Images

39. Kenneth I. Chenault
> Company: American Express (NYSE: AXP)
> Total compensation: $18.6 million
> Revenue: $33.8 billion
> Number of employees: 56,400
> Profit: $5.4 billion

Source: Cindy Ord / Getty Images for Yahoo

38. Mark T. Bertolini
> Company: Aetna (NYSE: AET)
> Total compensation: $18.7 million
> Revenue: $63.2 billion
> Number of employees: 49,500
> Profit: $2.3 billion

Source: United Airlines

37. Oscar Munoz
> Company: United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL)
> Total compensation: $18.7 million
> Revenue: $36.6 billion
> Number of employees: 88,000
> Profit: $2.3 billion

Source: Paul Morigi / Getty Images for Vital Voices

36. Thomas J. Wilson
> Company: Allstate (NYSE: ALL)
> Total compensation: $18.8 million
> Revenue: $36.5 billion
> Number of employees: 43,275
> Profit: $1.9 billion

Source: northropgrumman.com

35. Wesley G. Bush
> Company: Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)
> Total compensation: $18.9 million
> Revenue: $24.5 billion
> Number of employees: 67,000
> Profit: $2.2 billion

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Source: Philip Morris International Management SA

34. André Calantzopoulos
> Company: Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM)
> Total compensation: $19.0 million
> Revenue: $26.7 billion
> Number of employees: 79,500
> Profit: $7.0 billion

Source: AP Photo/Intel Corporation,Bob Riha, Jr. / Wikimedia Commons

33. Brian M. Krzanich
> Company: Intel (NASDAQ: INTC)
> Total compensation: $19.1 million
> Revenue: $59.4 billion
> Number of employees: 106,000
> Profit: $10.3 billion

Source: marathonpetroleum.com

32. Gary R. Heminger
> Company: Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC)
> Total compensation: $19.7 million
> Revenue: $55.9 billion
> Number of employees: 44,460
> Profit: $1.2 billion

Source: Courtesy of Humana

31. Bruce D. Broussard
> Company: Humana (NYSE: HUM)
> Total compensation: $19.8 million
> Revenue: $54.4 billion
> Number of employees: 51,600
> Profit: $614.0 million

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Source: OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS / Wikimedia Commons

30. Satya Nadella
> Company: Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)
> Total compensation: $20.0 million
> Revenue: $85.3 billion
> Number of employees: 114,000
> Profit: $16.8 billion

Source: Courtesy of McKesson Corporation

29. John H. Hammergren
> Company: McKesson (NYSE: MCK)
> Total compensation: $20.1 million
> Revenue: $192.5 billion
> Number of employees: 68,000
> Profit: $2.3 billion

Source: BskyB / Tim Anderson / Getty Images

28. James R. Murdoch
> Company: Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX)
> Total compensation: $20.3 million
> Revenue: $27.3 billion
> Number of employees: 21,500
> Profit: $2.8 billion

Source: 3m.com

27. Inge G. Thulin
> Company: 3M (NYSE: MMM)
> Total compensation: $20.5 million
> Revenue: $30.1 billion
> Number of employees: 91,584
> Profit: $5.0 billion

Source: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images for New York Times

26. James P. Gorman
> Company: Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS)
> Total compensation: $21.2 million
> Revenue: $37.9 billion
> Number of employees: 55,311
> Profit: $6.0 billion

Source: pinterest.com

25. Phebe N. Novakovic
> Company: General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)
> Total compensation: $21.5 million
> Revenue: $31.4 billion
> Number of employees: 98,800
> Profit: $3.0 billion

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24. Brian T. Moynihan
> Company: Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC)
> Total compensation: $21.8 million
> Revenue: $93.7 billion
> Number of employees: 208,024
> Profit: $17.9 billion

Source: Mario Tama / Getty Images

23. Kenneth C. Frazier
> Company: Merck (NYSE: MRK)
> Total compensation: $21.8 million
> Revenue: $39.8 billion
> Number of employees: 68,000
> Profit: $3.9 billion

Source: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

22. Lloyd C. Blankfein
> Company: Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS)
> Total compensation: $22.0 million
> Revenue: $37.7 billion
> Number of employees: 34,400
> Profit: $7.4 billion

Source: Paras Griffin / Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival

21. Carl Douglas McMillon
> Company: Walmart (NYSE: WMT)
> Total compensation: $22.4 million
> Revenue: $485.9 billion
> Number of employees: 2,300,000
> Profit: $13.6 billion

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Source: Courtesy of Valero

20. Joseph W. Gorder
> Company: Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO)
> Total compensation: $22.5 million
> Revenue: $70.2 billion
> Number of employees: 9,996
> Profit: $2.3 billion

Source: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

19. Mary T. Barra
> Company: General Motors (NYSE: GM)
> Total compensation: $22.6 million
> Revenue: $166.4 billion
> Number of employees: 225,000
> Profit: $9.4 billion

Source: vbprofiles.com

18. Richard A. Gonzalez
> Company: AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV)
> Total compensation: $22.6 million
> Revenue: $25.6 billion
> Number of employees: 30,000
> Profit: $6.0 billion

Source: lockheedmartin.com

17. Marillyn A. Hewson
> Company: Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)
> Total compensation: $22.9 million
> Revenue: $50.7 billion
> Number of employees: 97,000
> Profit: $5.3 billion

Source: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

16. Greg Garland
> Company: Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX)
> Total compensation: $23.7 million
> Revenue: $72.4 billion
> Number of employees: 14,800
> Profit: $1.6 billion

Source: Government.ru / Wikimedia Commons

15. John S. Watson
> Company: Chevron (NYSE: CVX)
> Total compensation: $24.7 million
> Revenue: $107.6 billion
> Number of employees: 55,200
> Profit: – $497.0 million

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Source: Centene

14. Michael F. Neidorff
> Company: Centene (NYSE: CNC)
> Total compensation: $25.3 million
> Revenue: $40.7 billion
> Number of employees: 30,500
> Profit: $562.0 million

Source: Brian Harkin / Getty Images

13. Rex W. Tillerson
> Company: Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM)
> Total compensation: $27.4 million
> Revenue: $205.0 billion
> Number of employees: 72,700
> Profit: $7.8 billion

 

Source: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

12. Ian Read
> Company: Pfizer (NYSE: PFE)
> Total compensation: $27.9 million
> Revenue: $52.8 billion
> Number of employees: 96,500
> Profit: $7.2 billion

Source: Scott Olson / Getty Images

11. James Dimon
> Company: J.P. Morgan Chase (NYSE: JPM)
> Total compensation: $28.3 million
> Revenue: $105.5 billion
> Number of employees: 243,355
> Profit: $24.7 billion

Source: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

10. Randall Stephenson
> Company: AT&T (NYSE: T)
> Total compensation: $28.7 million
> Revenue: $163.8 billion
> Number of employees: 268,540
> Profit: $13.0 billion

Source: jnj.com

9. Alex Gorsky
> Company: Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)
> Total compensation: $29.8 million
> Revenue: $71.9 billion
> Number of employees: 126,400
> Profit: $16.5 billion

Source: World Economic Forum / Wikimedia Commons

8. Indra K. Nooyi
> Company: PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP)
> Total compensation: $31.1 million
> Revenue: $62.8 billion
> Number of employees: 264,000
> Profit: $6.3 billion

Source: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

7. Jeffrey L. Bewkes
> Company: Time Warner (NYSE: TWX)
> Total compensation: $32.6 million
> Revenue: $29.3 billion
> Number of employees: 25,000
> Profit: $3.9 billion

Source: Flickr via The Cable Show

6. Brian L. Roberts
> Company: Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA)
> Total compensation: $33.0 million
> Revenue: $80.4 billion
> Number of employees: 159,000
> Profit: $8.7 billion

Source: Kimberly White / Getty Images for Vanity Fair

5. Robert A. Iger
> Company: Disney (NYSE: DIS)
> Total compensation: $36.3 million
> Revenue: $55.6 billion
> Number of employees: 195,000
> Profit: $9.4 billion

4. Safra A. Catz
> Company: Oracle (NYSE: ORCL)
> Total compensation: $40.7 million
> Revenue: $37.0 billion
> Number of employees: 136,000
> Profit: $8.9 billion

Source: Oracle PR from Redwood Shores, Calif., USA / Wikimedia Commons

3. Mark V. Hurd
> Company: Oracle (NYSE: ORCL)
> Total compensation: $40.8 million
> Revenue: $37.0 billion
> Number of employees: 136,000
> Profit: $8.9 billion

Source: Courtesy of Mondelēz International

2. Dirk Van de Put
> Company: Mondelez International (NASDAQ: MDLZ)
> Total compensation: $42.4 million
> Revenue: $25.9 billion
> Number of employees: 90,000
> Profit: $1.7 billion

Source: Starkjames / Wikimedia Commons

1. Brian Duperreault
> Company: AIG (NYSE: AIG)
> Total compensation: $43.1 million
> Revenue: $52.4 billion
> Number of employees: 56,400
> Profit: -$849.0 million

Detailed findings and methodology:

For most working Americans, salary accounts for the bulk of their compensation. But for CEOs of multibillion dollar corporations, the paycheck is often just a small fraction of their overall compensation. To better align the CEOs’ interest with that of shareholders and the company overall, compensation packages are typically heavily performance driven.

For example, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s salary in 2017 was $1.5 million.After accounting for various bonuses, incentives, and stock options, Nadella earned over $20 million. Similarly, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ salary is less than $82,000 a year, and his total compensation package is nearly $1.7 million.

Like Bezos, many CEOs of the largest U.S. companies are also often the founders of their respective company. Google co-founder Larry Page pays himself just $1 per year. Despite the low salary, he ranks among the 10 wealthiest men in the world, with an estimated net-worth of $50.7 billion. Even Bezos’ compensation of $1.7 million pales in comparison to the majority of CEOs on this list. Still, because he is the largest Amazon shareholder, he is currently the wealthiest man in the world, with a net worth of $116 billion.

In addition to Page, the only other chief executive on this list with an annual compensation below $1 million is Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. Despite his $100,000 annual compensation package, Buffett is the third wealthiest man in the world with an estimated net worth of $85 billion. Rather than company issued incentives and salary, the bulk of Buffett’s wealth comes from his large share of Berkshire Hathaway stock.

To identify the highest paid CEOs at America’s 100 largest companies, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed total CEO compensation at each of the 100 public companies with the highest reported revenue in fiscal 2016. All compensation figures are as of the last published proxy statement. In some companies, the CEO listed in the most recent proxy no longer holds the top job and is listed as retired in this story. Though they were listed separately in the most recent Fortune 500 list, Dow Chemical and DuPont have since merged and are noted on this list as DowDuPont Inc. Because software company Oracle has two CEOs, 101 CEOs are included on this list.