PayScale Announces CEO-To-Worker Pay Ratio Study

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Report also examines Human Capital workplace issues of job satisfaction, job meaning, and stress

PayScale, Inc. today announced its report “CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratios: How many worker salaries does it take to add up to a CEO?”

The report includes overall typical median pay for workers at the 100 highest-grossing publicly traded companies in the US, as well as the ratio of CEO-to-worker pay. Furthermore, PayScale provides the percentage of respondents that report high job satisfaction and job meaning, indicate a low-stress work environment, and would recommend their job.

“As economic inequality and the inefficiency of capitalism dominate recent news, PayScale’s data highlights the pay gaps between CEOs and typical employees at their company. Except for the few CEOs who take home almost no cash compensation, the average CEO-to-worker pay ratio for the 100 companies examined is 86 to 1,” said Katie Bardaro, Lead Economist, PayScale.“

Some highlights from PayScale's “CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratios” study:

  • CVS Caremark has the largest CEO-to-worker pay ratio (422:1) and the second smallest typical median pay for workers ($28,700).
  • Google and Sears tie for the smallest CEO-to-worker ratio (0:1), due to their $1 CEO salaries.
  • Google also has the highest typical median pay for workers ($115,900), closely followed by Microsoft ($114,500).
  • Kohl's has the lowest typical median pay for workers ($28,500).
  • Whirlpool employees report having the highest level of job satisfaction (88 percent), while Express Scripts employees have the lowest (51 percent).
  • ConocoPhillips employees are the least stressed (57 percent report having low job stress) while Goldman Sachs employees are very stressed (only 14 percent report having low job stress).
  • 97 percent of Intel employees would recommend their job, while only 62 percent of Walgreen employees would recommend their job.

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Adds Bardaro: “The gap in pay is especially striking when you consider that typical workers at more than 80 percent of the companies examined earn wages higher than the national median household income.”

About PayScale
Creator of the largest database of individual compensation profiles in the world containing more than 40 million salary profiles, PayScale, Inc. provides an immediate and precise snapshot of current market salaries to employees and employers through its online tools and software. PayScale's products are powered by innovative search and query algorithms that dynamically acquire, analyze and aggregate compensation information for millions of individuals in real time. Publisher of the quarterly PayScale Index™, PayScale's subscription software products for employers include PayScale MarketRate™ and PayScale Insight™. Among PayScale's 3,000 corporate customers are organizations small and large across industries including Mozilla, Tully’s Coffee, Clemson University and the United States Postal Service. For more information, visit

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