How Much Does a CEO Make?

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a chief executive officer was $168,140 in 2012. The hourly wage this corresponds to varies because CEOs do not usually adhere to a standard 40-hour work week.

The pay a CEO receives depends largely on the company for which he works. Top companies pay their CEOs much higher salaries than the median; for example, Marissa A. Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, earned a total compensation package worth $36.6 million in 2013. The pay CEOs receive is often augmented with benefits, such as company stock and performance bonuses.