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09/19/2013 11:51 am ET | Updated Sep 19, 2013

Why It's A Good Thing The SEC Is Doing Something About CEO Pay

CEO pay has gotten so out of whack in recent years that regulators are taking notice.

The Securities and Exchange Commission released a proposed rule Wednesday that would require companies to reveal the ratio between CEO and worker pay. Supporters of the proposal, which is part of the Dodd-Frank reform law, say it would help give shareholders a better sense of which companies are paying their CEOs too much. But business groups say the rule would be too much of a burden on companies, requiring them to collect expensive data that doesn't really matter much to investors anyway.

Regardless, the pay gap between CEOs and rank and file workers is stark. The CEO-to-average worker pay gap soared from 195:1 in 1993 to 354:1 in 2012, according to the Institute for Policy Studies. These companies have the largest gaps between CEO pay and median worker pay, according to PayScale.

  • Michael Duke, CEO Of Walmart, Makes 1,034 Times More Than His Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $23,150,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $22,400
  • Gregg Steinhafel, CEO Of Target, Makes 597 Times More Than His Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $17,890,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $29,900
  • Robert Iger, CEO Of Disney, Makes 557 Times More Than His Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $31,630,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $56,800
  • David Cote, CEO Of Honeywell, Makes 440 Times More Than His Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $32,860,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $74,700
  • Jamie Skinner, CEO Of McDonald's, Makes 435 Times More Than His Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $9,550,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $22,000
  • Rupert Murdoch, CEO Of News Corp, Makes 409 Times More Than His Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $24,790,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $60,700
  • Irene Rosenfeld, CEO Of Kraft Foods, Makes 388 Times More Than Her Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $25,360,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $65,300
  • Randall Stephenson, CEO Of AT&T, Makes 382 Times More Than His Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $26,000,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $68,100
  • Brian Roberts, CEO Of Comcast, Makes 370 Times More Than His Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $18,760,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $50,600
  • Jamie Dimon, CEO Of JPMorgan Chase, Makes 355 Times More Than His Workers
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    CEO Annual Cash Compensation: $19,050,000
    Median Annual Employee Pay: $53,800

Note: PayScale's report is based on Forbes' 2012 CEO Compensation data and includes cash-only compensation, not including equity or benefits.

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