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    Highest paid CEOs in America

    Perhaps one of the most hotly contested topics of conversation in contemporary America is what to make of the vast discrepancy that exists between the salaries of CEOs and the average worker within their companies. While some people are outraged by the fact that Walmart CEO Doug McMillon raked in more than 1,000 times what his median employee made in 2017, others argue that the ratio is justified and not indicative of a problem in need of rectifying. Alex Edmans of the Harvard Business Review likens the discrepancy to that of a band’s lead singer and bassist, alluding to the fact that people who perform tasks of varying levels of importance in a company ought to receive compensation that reflects these differing contributions.

    Using data from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Stacker listed the 100 highest-paid CEOs in the United States according to what they made in 2017. The data is accurate as of May 5, 2018, and any changes in the company or its CEO are noted with an asterisk.

    Read on to see how much the chief executives of top companies made in 2017.

    RELATED: The top female CEOs in America

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    #100. Bruce D. Broussard (Humana)

    2017 salary: $19,768,525
    Median worker's salary: $57,385

     

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    #99. Pierre Nanterme (Accenture)

    2017 salary: $19,804,109
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #98. Gregory B. Maffei (Liberty Media Corporation)

    2017 salary: $19,812,263
    Median worker's salary: $88,786

     

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    #97. Gregory J. Goff (Andeavor)

    2017 salary: $19,924,675
    Median worker's salary: $151,793

     

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    #96. Andrew Wilson (Electronic Arts)

    2017 salary: $19,972,718
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #95. Satya Nadella (Microsoft Corporation)

    2017 salary: $20,014,152
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #94. John H. Hammergren (McKesson Corporation)

    2017 salary: $20,096,599
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #93. James R. Murdoch (Twenty-First Century Fox)

    2017 salary: $20,315,944
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #92. Inge G. Thulin (3M Company)*

    2017 salary: $20,494,285
    Median worker's salary: $63,338

    *The current CEO of 3M Company is Michael Roman

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    #91. Glenn L. Kellow (Peabody Energy Corporation)

    2017 salary: $20,577,025
    Median worker's salary: $118,812

     

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    #90. Paal Kibsgaard (Schlumberger)

    2017 salary: $20,759,340
    Median worker's salary: $88,604

     

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    #89. William J. McMorrow (Kennedy-Wilson Holdings)

    2017 salary: $20,822,171
    Median worker's salary: $91,000

     

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    #88. David M. Cote (Honeywell International)

    2017 salary: $20,955,539
    Median worker's salary: $50,296

     

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    #87. Josh Silverman (Etsy)

    2017 salary: $21,190,460
    Median worker's salary: $121,150

     

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    #86. Lynn J. Good (Duke Energy Corporation)

    2017 salary: $21,415,936
    Median worker's salary: $122,365

     

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    #85. Daniel Friedmann (DigitalGlobe)*

    2016 salary: $21,427,253
    Median worker's salary: Not available

    *MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) acquired DigitalGlobe in February 2017

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    #84. Phebe N. Novakovic (General Dynamics Corporation)

    2017 salary: $21,501,429
    Median worker's salary: $98,563

     

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    #83. Brian M. Krzanich (Intel Corporation)

    2017 salary: $21,544,700
    Median worker's salary: $102,100

     

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    #82. Alan B. Miller (Universal Health Services)

    2017 salary: $21,630,861
    Median worker's salary: $39,978

     

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    #81. Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. (Visa)

    2017 salary: $21,734,454
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #80. Stephen Easterbrook (McDonald's Corporation)

    2017 salary: $21,761,052
    Median worker's salary: $7,017

     

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    #79. Brian T. Moynihan (Bank of America Corporation)

    2017 salary: $21,779,832
    Median worker's salary: $87,115

     

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    #78. Richard B. Handler (Leucadia National Corporation)*

    2017 salary: $21,787,285
    Median worker's salary: $44,584

    *Renamed Jefferies Financial Group in May 2018

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    #77. R.M. Lance (ConocoPhillips)

    2017 salary: $21,848,930
    Median worker's salary: $158,943

     

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    #76. Shantanu Narayen (Adobe Systems)

    2017 salary: $21,934,033
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #75. Mary T. Barra (General Motors Company)

    2017 salary: $21,958,048
    Median worker's salary: $74,487

     

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    #74. Lloyd C. Blankfein (Goldman Sachs Group)

    2017 salary: $21,995,266
    Median worker's salary: $135,165

     

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    #73. James Hagedorn (Scotts Miracle-Gro Company)

    2017 salary: $22,073,030
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #72. Marc N. Casper (Thermo Fisher Scientific)

    2017 salary: $22,275,176
    Median worker's salary: $68,732

     

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    #71. Joseph W. Gorder (Valero Energy Corporation)

    2017 salary: $22,532,260
    Median worker's salary: $192,837

     

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    #70. Richard A. Gonzalez (AbbVie)

    2017 salary: $22,625,243
    Median worker's salary: $157,347

     

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    #69. Philippe F. Courtot (Qualys)

    2017 salary: $22,749,836
    Median worker's salary: $39,047

     

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    #68. C. Douglas McMillon (Wal-Mart Stores)

    2018 salary: $22,791,276
    Median worker's salary: $19,177

     

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    #67. Daniel P. Amos (Aflac)

    2017 salary: $22,830,984
    Median worker's salary: $76,089

     

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    #66. Marillyn A. Hewson (Lockheed Martin Corporation)

    2017 salary: $22,866,843
    Median worker's salary: $123,231

     

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    #65. Douglas L. Becker (Laureate Education)

    2017 salary: $22,935,453
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #64. Andrew Liveris (Dow Chemical Company)

    2016 salary: $22,963,059
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #63. Jeffrey A. Miller (Halliburton Company)

    2017 salary: $23,078,364
    Median worker's salary: $79,636

     

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    #62. Mark Fields (Ford Motor Company)*

    2017 salary: $23,500,111
    Median worker's salary: $87,783

    *As of May 2017, Jim Hackett is the CEO of Ford Motor Company

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    #61. Lourenco Goncalves (Cleveland-Cliffs)

    2017 salary: $23,561,505
    Median worker's salary: $100,501

     

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    #60. John J. Legere (T-Mobile US)

    2017 salary: $23,631,206
    Median worker's salary: $55,739

     

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    #59. Greg Garland (Phillips 66)

    2017 salary: $23,650,896
    Median worker's salary: $170,988

     

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    #58. James M. Cracchiolo (Ameriprise Financial Services)

    2017 salary: $23,900,309
    Median worker's salary: $107,082

     

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    #57. Mark Frissora (Caesars Entertainment Corporation)

    2017 salary: $23,948,193
    Median worker's salary: $39,869

     

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    #56. John D. Wren (Omnicom Group)

    2017 salary: $23,959,325
    Median worker's salary: $40,230

     

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    #55. R. Bruce McDonald (Adient)

    2017 salary: $24,263,753
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #54. Reed Hastings (Netflix)

    2017 salary: $24,377,499
    Median worker's salary: $183,304

     

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    #53. James P. Gorman (Morgan Stanley)

    2017 salary: $24,509,722
    Median worker's salary: $127,863

     

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    #52. J.S. Watson (Chevron Corporation)

    2017 salary: $24,781,568
    Median worker's salary: $137,849

     

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    #51. Thomas A. Kennedy (Raytheon Company)

    2017 salary: $24,883,871
    Median worker's salary: $144,589

     

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    #50. Debra A. Cafaro (Ventas)

    2017 salary: $25,254,607
    Median worker's salary: $88,630

     

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    #49. Michael F. Neidorff (Centene Corporation)

    2017 salary: $25,259,468
    Median worker's salary: $66,600

     

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    #48. Sheldon G. Adelson (Las Vegas Sands)

    2017 salary: $26,086,499
    Median worker's salary: $34,908

     

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    #47. Leonard S. Schleifer (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals)

    2017 salary: $26,508,058
    Median worker's salary: $123,418

     

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    #46. John R. Strangfeld (Prudential Financial)

    2017 salary: $27,111,399
    Median worker's salary: $101,067

     

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    #45. Laurence D. Fink (BlackRock)

    2017 salary: $27,743,233
    Median worker's salary: $141,987

     

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    #44. Glenn D. Fogel (The Priceline Group)

    2017 salary: $27,774,458
    Median worker's salary: $46,355

     

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    #43. I. Read (Pfizer)

    2017 salary: $27,913,775
    Median worker's salary: $89,206

     

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    #42. James Dimon (J P Morgan Chase & Co)

    2017 salary: $28,313,787
    Median worker's salary: $77,799

     

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    #41. Robert Kotick (Activision Blizzard)

    2017 salary: $28,698,375
    Median worker's salary: $93,660

     

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    #40. R. Stephenson (AT&T)

    2017 salary: $28,720,720
    Median worker's salary: $78,437

     

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    #39. Kenneth W. Lowe (Scripps Networks Interactive)

    2016 salary: $28,784,240
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #38. Gary A. Norcross (Fidelity National Information Services)

    2017 salary: $29,141,610
    Median worker's salary: $44,556

     

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    #37. Brian D. Jellison (Roper Technologies)

    2017 salary: $29,158,675
    Median worker's salary: $82,543

     

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    #36. Mr. Joshua W. Sapan (AMC Networks)

    2017 salary: $29,630,755
    Median worker's salary: $66,014

     

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    #35. Alex Gorsky (Johnson & Johnson)

    2017 salary: $29,802,564
    Median worker's salary: $66,000

     

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    #34. Mark D. Okerstrom (Expedia)

    2017 salary: $30,720,457
    Median worker's salary: $71,696

     

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    #33. Indra K. Nooyi (Pepsico)

    2017 salary: $31,082,648
    Median worker's salary: $47,801

     

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    #32. Margaret H. Georgiadis (Mattel)

    2017 salary: $31,275,289
    Median worker's salary: $6,271

     

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    #31. Scott Scherr (The Ultimate Software Group)

    2017 salary: $31,470,785
    Median worker's salary: $91,613

     

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    #30. Brian L. Roberts (Comcast Corporation)

    2017 salary: $32,520,224
    Median worker's salary: $71,006

     

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    #29. Jeffrey L. Bewkes (Time Warner)

    2016 salary: $32,614,304
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #28. Brenton L. Saunders (Allergan Plc)

    2017 salary: $32,827,626
    Median worker's salary: $94,064

     

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    #27. Mindy Grossman (Weight Watchers International)

    2017 salary: $33,372,283
    Median worker's salary: $6,013

     

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    #26. Stephen A. Wynn (Wynn Resorts)

    2017 salary: $34,522,695
    Median worker's salary: $44,437

     

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    #25. Jon Feltheimer (Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation)

    2017 salary: $35,336,616
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #24. Robert A. Iger (Walt Disney Company)

    2017 salary: $36,283,680
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #23. Martine Rothblatt (United Therapeutics Corporation)

    2017 salary: $37,133,201
    Median worker's salary: $182,747

     

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    #22. Ari Bousbib (IQVIA Holdings)

    2017 salary: $38,029,517
    Median worker's salary: $97,997

     

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    #21. Robert Bearden (Hortonworks)

    2017 salary: $40,147,373
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #20. Mark V. Hurd (Oracle Corporation)

    2017 salary: $40,832,279
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #19. John Donahoe (ServiceNow)

    2017 salary: $41,515,645
    Median worker's salary: $180,049

     

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    #18. David M. Zaslav (Discovery Communications)

    2017 salary: $42,247,984
    Median worker's salary: $80,858

     

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    #17. Dirk Van De Put (Mondelez International)

    2017 salary: $42,442,924
    Median worker's salary: $42,893

     

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    #16. Brian Duperreault (American International Group)

    2017 salary: $43,086,861
    Median worker's salary: $64,186

     

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    #15. Gregory B. Maffei (Liberty Interactive Corporation)

    2017 salary: $47,809,756
    Median worker's salary: $26,407

     

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    #14. Stephen Kaufer (TripAdvisor)

    2017 salary: $47,933,462
    Median worker's salary: $99,643

     

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    #13. Ronald F. Clarke (FleetCor Technologies)

    2017 salary: $52,643,810
    Median worker's salary: $34,700

     

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    #12. Thomas E. Dooley (Viacom)

    2017 salary: $53,648,339
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #11. Douglas Ingram (Sarepta Therapeutics)

    2017 salary: $56,866,241
    Median worker's salary: $256,151

     

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    #10. Douglas Lebda (LendingTree)

    2017 salary: $59,591,002
    Median worker's salary: $108,536

     

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    #9. W. Nicholas Howley (TransDigm Group)

    2017 salary: $61,023,102
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #8. Leslie Moonves (CBS Corporation)

    2017 salary: $69,332,723
    Median worker's salary: $116,654

     

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    #7. Mario J. Gabelli (Gamco Investors)

    2017 salary: $69,414,472
    Median worker's salary: $215,615

     

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    #6. Michael Rapino (Live Nation Entertainment)

    2017 salary: $70,615,760
    Median worker's salary: $24,406

     

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    #5. Alex A. Molinaroli (Johnson Controls International)

    2017 salary: $78,282,377
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #4. Peter P. Gassner (Veeva Systems)

    2018 salary: $88,143,333
    Median worker's salary: $94,810

     

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    #3. Frank J. Bisignano (First Data Corporation)

    2017 salary: $102,210,395
    Median worker's salary: $50,406

     

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    #2. Hock E. Tan (Broadcom Ltd)

    2017 salary: $103,211,163
    Median worker's salary: Not available

     

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    #1. E. Hunter Harrison (CSX Corporation)

    2017 salary: $151,147,286
    Median worker's salary: $98,697

     

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