American companies have plenty of money, and every year a larger and larger percentage of it goes to company CEOs. Since 1978, CEO compensation has grown 940 percent, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
The average worker’s compensation? It has only risen 12 percent during that time. The average full-time worker in the United States earns an annual salary of $44,720, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
On average, the highest-paid CEO in every state earns a lot more than that. The following list includes the CEOs at publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2019. The four states that do not have such a CEO (i.e., the company isn't publicly traded or doesn't make more than $1 billion) are noted below with an asterisk.
Pay figures come from Equilar, an executive data firm, and the Associated Press. The CEO pay listed includes salary, bonus, stock awards, stock option awards, deferred compensation, and other benefits and perks.