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.