The highest pay packages go to CEOs at health care companies. For the third time in four years, chief executives in the health care field led the S&P 500 in terms of total compensation. The typical CEO in the industry made $16.1 million last year, which means half earned more than that, and half made less.
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A look at the top and bottom-paid CEOs last year, by industry, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm:
1. Health care, median compensation of $16.1 million, up from $14.7 million a year earlier.
2. Basic materials (includes energy), $12.8 million, up from $12.5 million.
3. Services (includes retailers), $12.4 million, up from $11 million.
4. Industrial goods, $11.7 million, up from $11.5 million.
5. Financial, $11.4 million, up from $9.7 million.
6. Technology, $11.1 million, up from $10.1 million.
7. Consumer goods, $10.6 million, up from $9.4 million.
8. Utilities, $9.7 million, up from $9 million.