Chief executives in the US have total salary and incentives packages typically one and three quarter times the size of those of their European equivalents – almost €9.7 million compared to €5.6 million in Europe. Base salaries for chief executives tend to be lower in the US than in Europe – but bonuses and long-term incentives are much bigger in the US. Hay Group conducted a study of the pay of chief executives which provides a clear picture of their rewards.  The report (requires registration) analyzes executive compensation data from the largest European and US companies (50 of each).  It covers:

  • Base salary
  • Annual incentive plans
  • Total cash
  • Long-term incentive plans
  • Total direct compensation

The report also looks at fees paid to European chairmen and non-executive chairmen.

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