Discovery Communications topped the list of companies with the largest pay gap between their CEO to average worker, according to a study by Glassdoor, the career and recruiting company.
In 2014, David Zaslav, chief executive officer of Discovery Communications made $156 million, while average employee’s salary was $80,000. The ratio between David M. Zaslav’s pay and the median pay of Discovery employees is 1,951 to 1.
The second highest is Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., where CEO Steve Ells earned $28.9 million while median Chipotle worker pay was $19,000, for a pay ratio of 1,522.
Rounding out the top 5 with the highest pay ratios are CVS Health’s CEO Larry J. Merlo earned 1,192 times his average employee’s salary, Walmart’s CEO Douglas McMillon earned 1,133 times more his average employee’s salary, and Target’s CEO Brian C. Cornell earned 939 times his average employee’s salary.
The shocking figures expose the huge wage gap in businesses:
Across all companies, the average American CEO pay was $13.8 million per year, while the average hard working employee earned a median salary of $77,800. That means the average American CEO of a public company earns 204 times the median employee’s salary.
That analysis resulted in 26 companies where the CEO’s 2014 compensation was more than 500 times that of their median worker.
List Of American Companies With The Largest CEO Worker Pay Gaps:
CEO pay versus worker pay: