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Health care CEOs again lead the way in pay

By The Associated PressMay 24, 2019
FILE- In this July 10, 2018, file photo bottles of medicine ride on a belt at a mail-in pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J. The highest pay packages go to CEOs at health care companies. For the third time in four years, chief executives in the health care field led the S&P 500 in terms of total compensation. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE- In this July 10, 2018, file photo bottles of medicine ride on a belt at a mail-in pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J. The highest pay packages go to CEOs at health care companies. For the third time in four years, chief executives in the health care field led the S&P 500 in terms of total compensation. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The highest pay packages go to CEOs at health care companies. For the third time in four years, chief executives in the health care field led the S&P 500 in terms of total compensation. The typical CEO in the industry made $16.1 million last year, which means half earned more than that, and half made less.

A look at the top and bottom-paid CEOs last year, by industry, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm:

1. Health care, median compensation of $16.1 million, up from $14.7 million a year earlier.

2. Basic materials (includes energy), $12.8 million, up from $12.5 million.

3. Services (includes retailers), $12.4 million, up from $11 million.

4. Industrial goods, $11.7 million, up from $11.5 million.

5. Financial, $11.4 million, up from $9.7 million.

6. Technology, $11.1 million, up from $10.1 million.

7. Consumer goods, $10.6 million, up from $9.4 million.

8. Utilities, $9.7 million, up from $9 million.

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