Georgia executive pay

Compare top executives’ pay and their companies in Georgia

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About the data

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calculates executive compensation using figures published in company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filings typically include compensation for companies' five highest-paid executives.

The calculations include the following categories: base salary, bonus, non-equity performance incentives, the estimated value of stock and options granted in the year, above-market or preferential gains in pension value and all other compensation. Other compensation typically includes items such as club memberships, financial planning services, auto allowances and personal use of company aircraft.

The average annual pay for workers in Georgia across all occupations was $41,340 in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Price comparisons

The following prices were used in the AJC's estimates of what executives could buy with their salaries:

  • Personal jet: $9,260,000. Source: AINOnline, price of a Learjet 40XR.
  • House: $192,000. Source: Atlanta Home Sales Report, 2007 median price of a metro Atlanta home.
  • Luxury SUV: $74,700. Source: Lexus, base price of a 2008 Lexus LX 570.

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