At the small end of the salary spectrum, three CEOs landed in the $1 salary club: Google's Page, Oracle's Ellison, and HP CEO Meg Whitman. The gesture had little impact on Ellison's total compensation, valued at $96.1 million. Whitman earned a pay package worth $15.4 million, despite forfeiting a salary.
CEO perks are on the decline across all industries. In the Hay Group Study, nearly every perquisite declined in prevalence, with one notable exception: personal use of company aircraft. Not only was it the most prevalent perk, but also it was the only perk to remain flat year-over-year at 65%. The perk most eliminated was tax gross-ups on perquisites, which fell in prevalence from 26% to 13%.
Within tech, personal use of the corporate aircraft remained a fairly popular perk in 2012. Some of the biggest beneficiaries are: Time Warner Cable's Britt ($402,622 for personal aircraft usage); Comcast CEO Brian Roberts ($349,683); IBM CEO Ginny Rometty ($304,376); Level 3's Crowe ($287,323); and Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm ($286,882).
Perquisites weren't part of the plan for any of these tech CEOs, whose pay extras were minimal to nonexistent: Google's Page ($0); Paul Sagan of Akamai ($0); Aruba's Orr ($0); Jerry Kennelly of Riverbed ($576); John McAdam of F5 ($600); and Tom Georgens of NetApp ($750).
Among the offbeat perks received by tech CEOs are these quirky extras:
* Brocade paid for an electric car charging station for CEO Michael Klayko, who retired in early 2013.
* IBM paid $1 million to renovate and staff an office for retired CEO Sam Palmisano.
* Motorola Solutions made a $1.5 million donation to Rutgers University to name an endowed chair in honor of its CEO, Greg Brown.
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