• Aug 19, 2011
As you're probably already aware, Ford CEO Alan Mulally earned well over $26 million last year. Fiat and Chrysler head Sergio Marchionne was next in the ranks of highest-paid CEOs among automakers with $17 million in compensation, and Nissan/Renault chief Carlos Ghosn was third at $13 million.

None of this is news, really. We already knew that. But what you may not know is how those figures compare to the income of the average autoworker. According to the infographic you see above (click here to enlarge), the average annual salary earned by autoworkers in America as of February 2010 was $48,000... but that figure varies a good deal, depending on factors such as the company paying the bill and the number of years employed.

For a more complete breakdown of CEO compensation versus the rest of an automakers' employees, check out the full graphic after the jump.


World's Most Expensive Auto CEOs

Salaries of Automotive CEOs by Car Insurance Comparison.org



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      GO MUSTANG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those are some of the worst graphs i have every seen...A good graph should be able to convey information without any additional explanation, but the graphs shown here are just plain WTF???
      Will
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about one of these works as a mindless drone torquing bolts to specification every day and the other is in charge of a billion dollar multi-national company that employs thousands? Sounds reasonable to me?
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      I made $30+ million in vehicles this week and was paid a hefty $845 on my check.
        darkness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        Im overpaid, Mexicans or Chinese could've done the exact same thing for $40.
          darkness
          • 3 Years Ago
          @darkness
          weekly plant payroll is 3 million for 3000+ workers
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sadly this isnt news. CEO vs. Worker pay has been further and further apart over the last 10 years. I say 10 years because that is how long myself have been aware of it. Had a discussion with a bunch of car folks ranging in age from 20-65 once and one of the older gentleman stated that "back in the day" the CEO's would make about 30% more than the average worker at the company, and how now its well over 100%. The companies sadly believe they have to pay to get good talent. Sadly in years past that didnt mean results. Mulally is the one exception though since he has helped Ford turn around. Yes it would be nice if he got paid less, would he stick around if not who knows only he does.
      Carlos Oliveros
      • 3 Years Ago
      First of all, those graphs are not very easy to read, sometimes its better to keep it simple. Second, I have no issues with CEO's from some of the world's largest companies making a lot of money. The sad thing is that workers in general have had their real wages stagnant in the past decades, while the highest earners keep making more and more, all of this despite large increases in worker productivity (which should theoretically mean higher compensation), so you can't say that people dont deserve it. It reminds me of the post about the SAAB board getting more money. As for Mulally and Marchionne, those guys have done a great job, generated jobs for other people and brought some life back to their companies, they've earned every cent.
      Craig F.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The comparison of CEO to average employee is less than helpful. It turns this into a dumb argument where someone gets called a socialist and someone else gets called a fascist. The comparison of pay for CEO to CEO, however is absolutely striking. I had no idea that Honda and Toyota CEOs were paid at that level.
      Cornel001
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mulally for president ! Of USA...
      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mulally is worth every penny, Ghosn deserves his pay, while Winterkorn is underpaid. Others have to prove that the money paid to them were not wasted.
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares? If you are that bothered by how much the CEO makes, don't work there. Problem solved.
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        You SHOULD care because as the super-rich become more and more isolated from the rest of the population, we will descend further into a fragile society of the haves and have-nots. Countless examples such as Latin American oligarchies of the mid-20th century shows what happens when wealth is concentrated in the hands of an isolated elite and the rest of the population is poor, in effect serfs.
      Super D Spamalot
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here is how I look at executive compensation: The President of the US makes $400,000 a year + ~$200,000 worth of expense accounts. Anyone who has the balls to think they deserve more then that for building a few cars needs to have their heads examined. Maybe if the lifestyle of the average executive was brought down to more resonable levels, they'd begin to understand how the everyday workers feel about stagnating wages and fighting every month just to pay the bills. Eventually nobody is going to be able to afford all this crap people are building and then everybody will be unemployed and broke.
        gary
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Super D Spamalot
        Maybe if we paid a worthwhile salary for the position we'd actually attract some qualified candidates.
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Super D Spamalot
        i'm sorry, but auto workers are not struggling.. their total compensation, on average, is $75,000. the tenured workers approach $100,000. @nsxrules the last i read, the taxpayer spends more than $100 million a year on the president, his travels, his planes and helicopters, limos busses, etc. make no mistake.. the president is very well compensated.
          healthtrekker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          Agreed on POTUS. +The fringe & after benefits. How much do these guys rake in in other ways After their terms? There's got to be a Freakonomics on this subject somewhere. How much does Clinton still make between speaking arrangements, consulting, and a myriad of other stuff? Clinton's net worth is about $80 Million.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Super D Spamalot
        I can almost see your point to some degree but the cost of transporting the president, keeping him safe, etc. etc. Is in the tens of millions of dollars a year.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Corporate Greed. Plain and simple.
      • 3 Years Ago
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