Look How CEO Pay Continues to Outpace Worker Bees

Information about CEO pay continues to flow from SEC filings during earnings season. The Wall Street Journal has some cool stats and graphics for you to consider:

“The median value of salaries, bonuses and long-term incentive awards for CEOs of 350 major companies surged 11% to $9.3 million.”

Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIAB) CEO Philippe P. Dauman was the highest paid chief executive officer. He received compensation valued at $84.3 million — more than double his 2009 pay. Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL), grabbed second place. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves took third place with compensation valued at $53.9 million. Martin E. Franklin, the longtime head of Jarden Corp. (NYSE:JAH) came in fourth. The top five was rounded out by DirecTV Group Inc.’s (NASDAQ:DTV) Michael White ranked fifth with a $32.6 million package.

CEOs of media companies claimed four of the top 10 spots: Mr. Dauman at Viacom, plus the chiefs of CBS Corp. (NYSE:CBS), Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX). News Corp.’s (NASDAQ:NWSA) Rupert Murdoch, ranked 52nd, with total compensation valued at $16.5 million.