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Executive managers do not have an easy life: On a permanent business trip, you rush from one meeting to the next and no matter how hard you try, you can never please everyone. For this constant stress, managing directors and CEOs are usually rewarded princely. Sometimes so princely that many a "normal" has long since left the status of constructive envious.

The 2015 IT salary elite

In the booming IT industry in particular, skilled workers earn well, as a look at the current compensation study by Compensation Partner and COMPUTERWOCHE shows. But even the top IT earners can only dream of a salary such as that of Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. Here come the top twenty earners among tech CEOs. All information relates to the 2015 financial year.

  1. Rich Templeton, Texas Instruments
    Salary: $ 1,140,250
    Bonus: $ 3,653,877
    Stocks: $ 4,900,017
    Options: $ 4,900,006
    Pension Allowance: $ 13,950
    Special Allowances: $ 317,702

    Total earnings in 2015: $ 14,925,802
  2. Mike Lawrie, CSC
    Salary: $ 1,250,000
    Bonus: $ 1,875,000
    Stocks: $ 8,614,596
    Options: $ 3,262,979
    Bonuses: $ 451,305

    Total earnings in 2015: 15,453,880 dollars
  3. Mark Templeton, ex-Citrix
    Salary: $ 740,057
    Bonus: $ 1,147,197
    Stocks: $ 8,781,788
    Bonuses: $ 5,175,727

    Total earnings in 2015: 15,844. $ 769
  4. Brad Smith, Intuit
    Salary: $ 1,000,000
    Bonus: $ 1,456,500
    Stocks: $ 10,373,838
    Options: $ 3,174,993
    Bonuses: $ 10,000

    Total remuneration in 2015: 16,015,331 dollars
  5. Michael Brown, Symantec
    Salary: $ 1,473,077
    Bonus: $ 658,176
    Stocks: $ 14,177,180
    Bonuses: $ 22,000


    Total remuneration 2015: $ 16,330,433
  6. Thomas Rutledge, Charter Communications
    Salary: $ 2,000,000
    Bonus: $ 4,156,600
    Stocks: $ 999,925
    Options: $ 8,999,426
    Bonuses: $ 205,436

    Total earnings in 2015: $ 16,361,387
  7. Meg Whitman, HP Enterprise
    Salary: $ 1,500,058
    Bonus: $ 2,453,262
    Stocks: $ 7,771,200
    Options: $ 5,113,585
    Bonuses: $ 297,441

    Total earnings in 2015: $ 17,135,546
  8. Gary Dickerson, Applied Materials
    Salary: $ 995,385
    Bonus: $ 2,090,000
    Stocks: $ 10,818,374
    Bonuses: $ 4,189,049

    Total 2015 earnings: 18,092. $ 808
  9. Satya Nadella, Microsoft
    Salary: $ 1,200,000
    Bonus: $ 4,320,000
    Stocks: $ 12,761,263
    Bonuses: $ 13,007

    Total 2015 earnings: 18,294. $ 270
  10. Lowell McAdam, Verizon
    Salary: $ 1,661,538
    Bonus: $ 4,000,000
    Stocks: $ 12,000,065
    Pension Allowance: $ 83,092
    Special Allowances: $ 598,965

    Total remuneration in 2015: 18,343,660 dollars
  11. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe
    Salary: $ 995,404
    Bonus: $ 1,418,450
    Stocks: $ 15,851,410
    Bonuses: $ 91,922

    Total 2015 earnings: $ 18,357,186
  12. John Chambers, Cisco
    Salary: $ 1,100,000
    Bonus: $ 4,000,000
    Stocks: $ 14,509,424
    Bonuses: $ 11,700

    Total 2015 earnings: 19,621. 124 dollars
  13. Virginia Rometty, IBM
    Salary: $ 1,550,000
    Bonus: $ 4,500,000
    Stocks: $ 12,905,329
    Bonuses: $ 866,621

    Total 2015 earnings: 19,821. $ 950
  14. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo
    Salary: $ 1,000,000
    Bonus: $ 1,125
    Stocks: $ 14,495,494
    Options: $ 19,935,777
    Bonuses: $ 548,711

    Total earnings in 2015: $ 35,981,107
  15. Brian Roberts, Comcast
    Salary: $ 2,928,748
    Bonus: $ 9,752,731
    Stocks: $ 5,350,500
    Options: $ 5,350,302
    Post payments: $ 8,727,525
    Special allowances: $ 4,138,463
    Total earnings in 2015: $ 36,248,269
  16. Safra Catz, Oracle
    Salary: $ 950,000
    Stocks: $ 27,625,625
    Options: $ 24,647,250
    Bonuses: $ 20,795

    Total 2015 earnings: $ 53,243,670
  17. Mark Hurd, Oracle
    Salary: $ 950,000
    Stocks: $ 27,625,625
    Options: $ 24,647,250
    Bonuses: $ 22,253

    Total 2015 earnings: $ 53,245,128

Of course, we were also interested in which tech CEOs have made, or suffered, the largest salary hikes or cuts. That is why the IT directors follow at this point, whose salaries have increased or decreased particularly drastically.

  1. Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm
    The Qualcomm CEO earned almost $ 10.4 million in 2015 compared to 2014, a whopping 83 percent less. The losses are primarily due to share income: This was $ 58 million in 2014, down from $ 8 million in 2015. Mollenkopf's total earnings in 2015 were $ 10,372,325.
  2. Satya Nadella, Microsoft
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also has to cut corners: instead of $ 84.3 million (2014), he earned $ 18.3 million in 2015. In this case, too, the profits from shares are "to blame": They fell from $ 79.8 million (2014) to $ 12.8 million.
  3. Hock Tan, Broadcom
    Broadcom CEO Hock Tan earned a whopping 77 percent less than $ 4,025,768 in 2015. In 2014 he still had option income of $ 14.5 million - in 2015 there was only a bonus payment of $ 3,061,384.
  4. Paul Ricci, Nuance
    Nuance CEO Paul Ricci's share earnings also shrank in 2015. The result: His earnings in 2015 were $ 8,561,443 - 52 percent less than in 2014.
  5. Ursula Burns, Xerox
    Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO at Xerox, earned 52 percent less in 2015 than in the previous year. Her total salary for 2015 was $ 10,613,090.
  6. William Taylor Rhodes, Rackspace
    Rackspace CEO William Taylor Rhodes suffered a 45 percent wage drop in 2015. His 2015 annual earnings were $ 6,936,022.
  7. Mark Hurd, Oracle
    With Mark Hurd in the plus realm: The earnings of the Oracle CEO increased in 2015 compared to the previous year by a whopping 41 percent to 53.2 million dollars.
  8. Safra Catz, Oracle
    Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz also increased earnings by 41 percent to $ 53.2 million.
  9. Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions
    Greg Brown, CEO and Chairman of Motorola Solutions, received a performance-related bonus of $ 3.9 million in 2015. That gave him a whopping 67 percent increase in earnings compared to 2014. His total salary in 2015 was $ 13,275,325.
  10. Pat Gelsinger, VMware
    VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger increased his earnings by 68 percent in 2015. This was primarily due to increased equity profits. For 2015, Gelsinger brought it to a total of $ 14,359,193.
  11. Mark Templeton, ex-Citrix
    Ex-CEO and President Mark Templeton was able to increase his salaries by a full 101 percent in his last year at Citrix. Instead of $ 7.9 million (2014), he raked in $ 15,844,769.

As you can see, the CEOs of the US IT giants are floating in completely different spheres. According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), managing directors in the USA earn around 300 times as much as a simple employee. For comparison: in 1965 this figure was still 20. The average CEO salary in 2014 was therefore 16.3 million dollars. For the study, the EPI looked at the salaries of managing directors of the 350 largest publicly listed companies in the USA.

Top earnings thanks to good management

In Germany, the CEOs bake somewhat smaller rolls: According to a study by two students, the earnings of managing directors in Germany are around 150 times as high as that of a normal worker. If it doesn't really work out with the executive management, it doesn't have to be due to the envy of the employees and society. Instead, it's not so absurd that the leadership style is to blame. Because CEOs also suffer from chronic time constraints, we save ourselves further text effusions and show you our ultimate collection of leadership tips.

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  4. Overcrowded desk and busy schedule ...
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  5. Constant criticism of the boss
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  8. Always this dozen
    A new employee at a web company often goes around and speaks to younger customers in a very chummy tone. That doesn't suit his boss. Coach Julia Voss knows what to do.
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  10. Mood maintenance in the project
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  15. Working in intercultural teams
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  16. Getting developers up to speed in Scrum
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  23. When offline people communicate online ...
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  24. Independent, overworked, no help in sight?
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