17 tech CEOs who earn more than 100x as much as their employees

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Earlier this month, the SEC passed a new rule to take place in 2017. Public companies will be required to disclose the CEO’s “pay ratio.”

That ratio compares how much the company is paying the CEO compared to how much, on average, the company pays an employee. The idea is to give investors a guideline for rating fair CEO pay.

In honour of this new rule, Glassdoor sifted through its trove of self-reported employee salary data. It compared median average employee compensation in its database to CEO total compensation among companies on the S&P 500. (It had enough data on 441 companies.) From this, Glassdoor produced a ranking of CEO pay ratios.

Since the salary data is self-reported, the data isn’t perfect. But its still a interesting look employee vs. CEO pay.

We’ve sifted through the massive list to come up with this list of CEOs who are paid at least 100 times more than their employees.

No. 16: Intuit CEO Brad Smith

Pay ratio: 130

Average employee pay: $US126,999

CEO pay: $US16.5 million

For every dollar paid to an Intuit employee on average, CEO Brad Smith made $US130.

No. 14: Computer Sciences Corp CEO Mike Lawrie

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CSC CEO Mike Lawrie

Pay ratio: 152

Average employee pay: $US87,476

CEO pay: $US13.3 million

For every dollar paid to a CSC employee on average, CEO Mike Lawrie made $US152.

No. 12: HP CEO Meg Whitamn

HP CEO Meg Whitman

Pay ratio: 189

Average employee pay: $US103,632

CEO pay: $US19.6 million

For every dollar paid to an HP employee on average, CEO Meg Whitman made $US189.

No. 4: Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf

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Pay ratio: 501

Average employee pay: $US121,249

CEO pay: $US60.7 million

For every dollar paid to a Qualcomm employee on average, CEO Steven Mollenkopf made $US501.

No. 2: Oracle executive chairman Larry Ellison

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Pay ratio: 573

Average employee pay: $US117,415

CEO pay: $US67.3 million

For every dollar paid to an Oracle employee on average, founder Larry Ellison made $US573 for his final full year as CEO.

He's no longer CEO, but is executive chairman and CTO, although he's still the acknowledged leader of the company. He took a small pay-cut when he stepped down.

No. 1: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Pay ratio: 615

Average employee pay: $US137,000

CEO pay: 84.3 million

For every dollar paid to a Microsoft employee on average, CEO Satya Nadella made $US615.

This high ratio had a lot to do with the huge pay package Nadella was offered when he first took the CEO job.

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