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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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Public Domain

#100. Bruce D. Broussard (Humana)

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

 

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Patrick Koller (left) and Pierre Nanterme (right)—Business Wire

#99. Pierre Nanterme (Accenture)

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

 

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From left to right: Chris McGurk, Greg Maffei, Danny Rossett—Frazer Harrison // Getty

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

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

 

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Andeavor Corporation // Wikicommons

#97. Gregory J. Goff (Andeavor)

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

 

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Bennett Raglin // Getty Images

#96. Andrew Wilson (Electronic Arts)

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

 

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Official Leweb Photos // Wikicommons

#95. Satya Nadella (Microsoft Corporation)

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

 

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McKesson Medical-Surgical Corporate campus in Richmond, Virginia—Sarijarla // Wikicommons

#94. John H. Hammergren (McKesson Corporation)

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

 

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NRKBeta // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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3M Company Livonia, Michigan branch office, 19460 Victor Parkway—Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

#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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Paul Sableman // Flickr

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

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

 

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Schlumberger Cambridge Reseach Center—Andrew Dunn // Wikicommons

#90. Paal Kibsgaard (Schlumberger)

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

 

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Kennedy-Wilson is a global real estate company—Pixabay

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

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

 

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Honeywell International // Wikicommons

#88. David M. Cote (Honeywell International)

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

 

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Public Domain // Wikicommons

#87. Josh Silverman (Etsy)

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

 

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U.S. Department of Energy // Flickr

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

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

 

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MDA provides solutions for space surveillance—Public Domain

#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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Phebe Novakovic and her husband David Morrison—Paul Morigi // Getty Images

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

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

 

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AP Photo/Intel Corporation,Bob Riha, Jr. // Wikicommons

#83. Brian M. Krzanich (Intel Corporation)

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

 

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Shutterstock

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

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

 

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Public Domain

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

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

 

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NNECAPA // Flickr

#80. Stephen Easterbrook (McDonald's Corporation)

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

 

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Mary Callahan, Brian Moynihan, and Joe Kernen—Financial Times // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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Wall Street Journal

#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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ConocoPhillips Rodeo Refinery—David Broussard // Flickr

#77. R.M. Lance (ConocoPhillips)

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

 

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Jolie O'Dell // Wikicommons

#76. Shantanu Narayen (Adobe Systems)

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

 

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Mary T. Barra and Ambassador Wayne—Public Domain

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

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

 

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Lloyd C. Blankfein and Daniel Goroff—Financial Times // Flickr

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

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

 

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Mike Mozart // Flickr

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

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

 

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Business Wire

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

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

 

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Allan Ferguson // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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Business Wire

#70. Richard A. Gonzalez (AbbVie)

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

 

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Public Domain

#69. Philippe F. Courtot (Qualys)

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

 

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Bull-Doser // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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BrownZelip // Flickr

#67. Daniel P. Amos (Aflac)

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

 

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Fortune Live Media // Flickr

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

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

 

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Walden University, a Laureate Education partner—Bobak Ha'Eri // Wikicommons

#65. Douglas L. Becker (Laureate Education)

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

 

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World Economic Forum // Wikicommons

#64. Andrew Liveris (Dow Chemical Company)

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

 

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Public Domain

#63. Jeffrey A. Miller (Halliburton Company)

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

 

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Ford Motor Compnay A/S // Wikicommons

#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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mitchellma // Wikicommons

#61. Lourenco Goncalves (Cleveland-Cliffs)

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

 

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fanaticTRX // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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Business Wire

#59. Greg Garland (Phillips 66)

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

 

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Ameriprise Financial building on the left—Public Domain

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

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

 

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Caesars Palace Las Vegas—Bernard Spragg // Flickr

#57. Mark Frissora (Caesars Entertainment Corporation)

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

 

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Spencer Platt // Getty Images

#56. John D. Wren (Omnicom Group)

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

 

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Adient specializes in automotive seating—Pixabay

#55. R. Bruce McDonald (Adient)

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

 

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JD Lasica // Wikicommons

#54. Reed Hastings (Netflix)

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

 

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B0g4rt // Flickr

#53. James P. Gorman (Morgan Stanley)

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

 

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Coolcaesar // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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Raytheon headquarters—Coolcaesar // Wikicommons

#51. Thomas A. Kennedy (Raytheon Company)

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

 

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Business Wire

#50. Debra A. Cafaro (Ventas)

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

 

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Centene building in Clayton, MO—Paul Sableman // Flickr

#49. Michael F. Neidorff (Centene Corporation)

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

 

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Bectrigger // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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Max Pixel

#47. Leonard S. Schleifer (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals)

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

 

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From left to right: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., John Strangfeld, Chuck Hill—Thos Robinson // Getty Images

#46. John R. Strangfeld (Prudential Financial)

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

 

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Larry Fink and Duncan Niederauer, CEO at NYSE—Financial Times // Flickr

#45. Laurence D. Fink (BlackRock)

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

 

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NOAHConference // Youtube

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

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

 

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Norbert Nagel, Mõrfelden-Walldorf, Germany // Wikicommons

#43. I. Read (Pfizer)

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

 

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World Economic Forum // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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Bobby Kotick // Wikicommons

#41. Robert Kotick (Activision Blizzard)

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

 

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Robert Scoble // Wikicommons

#40. R. Stephenson (AT&T)

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

 

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HGTV is one of several channels Scripps Networks owns—kiwiblue12 // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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Roby Brock // Youtube

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

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

 

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Roper Technologies manufactures water meter technology for their industrial technology segment—Pixabay

#37. Brian D. Jellison (Roper Technologies)

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

 

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Public Domain

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

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

 

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Luis García (Zaqarbal) // Wikicommons

#35. Alex Gorsky (Johnson & Johnson)

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

 

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Travelarz // Wikicommons

#34. Mark D. Okerstrom (Expedia)

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

 

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World Economic Forum // Wikicommons

#33. Indra K. Nooyi (Pepsico)

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

 

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Jason Kempin // Getty Images

#32. Margaret H. Georgiadis (Mattel)

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

 

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Business Wire

#31. Scott Scherr (The Ultimate Software Group)

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

 

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Business Wire

#30. Brian L. Roberts (Comcast Corporation)

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

 

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Thos Robinson // Getty Images

#29. Jeffrey L. Bewkes (Time Warner)

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

 

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Public Domain

#28. Brenton L. Saunders (Allergan Plc)

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

 

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Viva Vivanista // Flickr

#27. Mindy Grossman (Weight Watchers International)

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

 

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Almc1217 // Wikicommons

#26. Stephen A. Wynn (Wynn Resorts)

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

 

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Lionsgate Movies // Youtube

#25. Jon Feltheimer (Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation)

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

 

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Disney | ABC Television Group // Flickr

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

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

 

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Andre Chung // Wikicommons

#23. Martine Rothblatt (United Therapeutics Corporation)

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

 

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IQVIA specializes in healthcare solutions—Austin Community College // Flickr

#22. Ari Bousbib (IQVIA Holdings)

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

 

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Hortonworks offers cloud solutions for different organizations—www.bluecoat.com // Flickr

#21. Robert Bearden (Hortonworks)

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

 

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Håkan Dahlström // Wikicommons

#20. Mark V. Hurd (Oracle Corporation)

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

 

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JD Lasica // Flickr

#19. John Donahoe (ServiceNow)

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

 

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Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

#18. David M. Zaslav (Discovery Communications)

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

 

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Public Domain

#17. Dirk Van De Put (Mondelez International)

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

 

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Starkjames // Wikicommons

#16. Brian Duperreault (American International Group)

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

 

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Business Wire

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

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

 

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Travelarz // Wikicommons

#14. Stephen Kaufer (TripAdvisor)

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

 

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Uber is one of FleetCor's Operator Businesses—Pixabay

#13. Ronald F. Clarke (FleetCor Technologies)

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

 

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Business Wire

#12. Thomas E. Dooley (Viacom)

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

 

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Business Wire

#11. Douglas Ingram (Sarepta Therapeutics)

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

 

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LendingTree helps with personal loans and mortgages—PxHere

#10. Douglas Lebda (LendingTree)

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

 

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TransDigm produces aerospace components for commercial and military aircraft—Pixabay

#9. W. Nicholas Howley (TransDigm Group)

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

 

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David Shankbone // Wikicommons

#8. Leslie Moonves (CBS Corporation)

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

 

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Cindy Ord // Getty Images

#7. Mario J. Gabelli (Gamco Investors)

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

 

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Michael Rapino, Guy Oseary, and Ashton Kutcher—Anna Webber // Getty Images

#6. Michael Rapino (Live Nation Entertainment)

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

 

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Anna C Timms, on behalf of Johnson Controls // Wikicommons

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

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

 

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Business Wire

#4. Peter P. Gassner (Veeva Systems)

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

 

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Ben Gabbe // Getty Images

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

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

 

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Broadcom manufactures various technological infrastructure—GoodFreePhotos

#2. Hock E. Tan (Broadcom Ltd)

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

 

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Bubba73 // Wikicommons

#1. E. Hunter Harrison (CSX Corporation)

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

 

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