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Experts suggest there’s no better time to be a top-level corporate executive as the median income of CEOs of S&P 500 companies reached $10.1 million at the end of 2013.

The amount reflects a 9.5 percent increase year after year and an enormous 43 percent jump from 2009. On the other hand, hourly wages of nonfarm workers rose 23.6 percent in the same period.

The Guardian reports:

It doesn’t stop there. The median salary for the chief executives of S&P 1500 companies (representing 90% of US market cap) rose a healthy 8.5% year on year to $5.0m.

[…] The good times extend not just to CEOs, but across the entire upper echelons of corporate powerhouses, say hiring experts. That became evident this week when hackers released salary data from Sony showing that 17 of the company’s executives make more than $1m a year each.

Across industries, businesses are boosting pay for executives in the belief it will draw the best people to their teams. Perks abound.

Read more here.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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