Summary of CEO Pay Continues to Rise as Typical Workers Are Paid Less


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CEO Pay Continues to Rise as Typical Workers Are Paid Less summary
American CEOs make an obscene amount of money. Do they deserve it?


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The large and growing gap between America’s middle class and its top earners is no longer news. Chief executive officers’ pay, in particular, has risen far faster than that of other employees, including high earners. Economists Lawrence Mishel and Alyssa Davis illustrate in raw numbers how CEOs are getting a disproportionate share of the wage pie and what the broader impact on society might be. getAbstract recommends their report to shareholders, investors and especially board members who decide on executive compensation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why CEOs make much more than everyone else, including other high earners
  • Why this enormous gap exists and why it is growing
  • How to rein in excessive increases in CEO pay


The past few decades have been particularly profitable ones for chief executive officers of the 350 highest-earning public companies in the United States, especially when compared to the vast majority of workers. In 2013, CEO compensation (including exercised stock options) at these firms averaged $...
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About the Authors

Lawrence Mishel is president of the Economic Policy Institute, where Alyssa Davis is a fellow.

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