Apple CEO earned 1447 times more than average earning of an apple worker in 2021

CEOs in USA were paid 351 times more than the typical worker in 2020

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook earned $98.7 million in 2021 which was 1447 times higher than average wage of an Apple employee. In 2021, the median pay for employees was $68,254, Apple said, adding it had selected a new median employee for comparison due to changes in hiring and compensation. The median pay in 2020 was $57,783 and the pay ratio was 256 times Cook's salary.

Cook’s salary remained at $3 million, received $82.3 million in stock awards, $12 million for hitting Apple's targets and $1.4 million for air travel, 401(k) plan, insurance premiums and others. In total, he earned $98.7 million, compared with $14.8 million in 2020.

Cook took the helm in August 2011 after the company's co-founder Steve Jobs stepped down months before his demise. The stock has surged over 1,000 percent since Cook took charge. In September, Cook received 333,987 restricted stock units, in his first stock grant since 2011 as part of a long-term equity plan. He will be eligible to receive additional units in 2023.

Cook’s 2021 compensation does not officially include over 5,000,000 shares of Apple that vested in August 2021, worth over $754,000,000 at the time, according to the filing. Those shares were granted back in 2011, around the time that Cook took over as CEO.

Apple said in its proxy that it determined Cook’s stock awards by considering Apple’s size, performance, and Cook’s role and performance as CEO.

The iPhone maker has benefited from strong demand over the past two years as consumers working from home splurged on upgrades. Apple's revenue rose more than 30% to $365.82 billion for its fiscal 2021 and its shares briefly crossed $3 trillion in market capitalisation this year.

CEOs in the United States were paid 351 times more than the typical worker in 2020, a report by the Economic Policy Institute showed, while the compensation of top CEOs grew roughly 60 percent faster than the stock market from 1978 to 2020, eclipsing the slow 18 percent growth in a typical worker's annual pay.

“It’s been a remarkable decade for Apple and in 2021 Mr. Cook was granted an equity award for the first time since he was promoted to CEO in August 2011,” Apple said in the filing.

Apple also said that the board’s compensation committee takes into account Apple’s profitability compared to a basket of peer companies, including Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook parent Meta.

This year, for compensation purposes, Apple added Tesla to a “secondary peer group” of companies that have “iconic” brands and rely on significant research and development for growth.


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