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Compensation for chief executive officers increased substantially in 2021 after small or negative growth in 2020 and 2019. That’s one major takeaway from Gallagher’s CEO and Executive Compensation Trends: 2022 Edition, an annual report that this year provides a baseline for assessing the pandemic’s impact on executive compensation.

The report includes compensation data from 2,845 companies and covers compensation for CEOs, named executive officers (NEOs), and chief financial officers (CFOs). Gallagher analysts examined the most recent corporate disclosures by Russell 3000 companies, to review individual elements of compensation packages and executive compensation trends by major industry and company size. The report also includes comparisons with S&P 500 organizations to offer additional perspective on the differences between large and small firms.

CEO pay grew 28.2 percent for the overall Russell 3000 and 17.7 percent for the S&P 500 index, according to the report. This contrasts with rates of 3.0 percent and -4.1 percent for 2020, and 2.0 percent and -1.6 percent for 2019.


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