Tech CEOs rake in the big bucks

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Among 61 tech companies, Oracle awarded the biggest CEO pay package last year – twice.

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There are two new players at the top of our pay tally, and they both work at the same company. Oracle's co-chief executives Mark Hurd and Safra Catz each netted compensation valued at $53.2 million last year.

In the middle of the pack of 62 tech CEOs, median pay was $10.6 million, down from $11.5 million in our .

At the low end, two tech CEOs opted for token cash and no new equity grants: Alphabet CEO Larry Page earned just $1 in cash, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey received only $68,506 in perks such as personal car service and residential security.

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts received both the highest salary ($2.9 million) and the largest cash bonus pay ($9.8 million).

On the raise front, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst received the biggest percentage raise among the 62 pay packages. His pay spiked 150% to $16.7 million last year, up from $6.7 million in 2014. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf took the biggest pay cut: His $10.4 million compensation is down 83% from 2014, when he earned $60.7 million.

See the highlights of CEO pay in our sortable chart.

2015 CEO COMPENSATION

CEO COMPANY CASH EQUITY EXTRAS TOTAL PAY
Mark Hurd Oracle $950,000 $52,272,875 $22,253 $53,245,128
Safra Catz Oracle $950,000 $52,272,875 $20,795 $53,243,670
Brian Roberts Comcast $12,681,479 $10,700,802 $12,865,988 $36,248,269
Marissa Mayer Yahoo $1,001,125 $34,431,271 $548,711 $35,981,107
Marc Benioff Salesforce.com $4,650,000 $27,263,021 $1,449,882 $33,362,903
Randall Stephenson AT&T $7,241,667 $14,623,014 $3,281,233 $25,145,914
Virginia Rometty IBM $6,050,000 $12,905,329 $866,621 $19,821,950
John Chambers Cisco $5,100,000 $14,509,424 $11,700 $19,621,124
Shantanu Narayen Adobe $2,413,854 $15,851,410 $91,922 $18,357,186
Lowell McAdam Verizon $5,661,538 $12,000,065 $682,057 $18,343,660
Satya Nadella Microsoft $5,520,000 $12,761,263 $13,007 $18,294,270
Gary Dickerson Applied Materials $3,085,385 $10,818,374 $4,189,049 $18,092,808
Meg Whitman HP Enterprise $3,953,320 $12,884,785 $297,441 $17,135,546
Jim Whitehurst Red Hat $3,182,711 $13,528,096 $10,713 $16,721,520
Thomas Rutledge Charter Communications $6,156,600 $9,999,351 $205,436 $16,361,387
Michael Brown Symantec $2,131,253 $14,177,180 $22,000 $16,330,433
Brad Smith Intuit $2,456,500 $13,548,831 $10,000 $16,015,331
Mark Templeton Citrix $1,887,254 $8,781,788 $5,175,727 $15,844,769
Mike Lawrie CSC $3,125,000 $11,877,575 $451,305 $15,453,880
Rich Templeton Texas Instruments $4,794,127 $9,800,023 $331,652 $14,925,802
Brian Krzanich Intel $4,554,700 $9,799,000 $279,800 $14,633,500
Pat Gelsinger VMware $2,444,400 $11,904,314 $10,479 $14,359,193
Kevin Kennedy Avaya $10,384,375 $3,750,000 $42,004 $14,176,379
Greg Brown Motorola Solutions $5,150,000 $7,752,910 $372,415 $13,275,325
Francisco D'Souza Cognizant $1,423,306 $10,483,400 $44,677 $11,951,383
Bill Nuti NCR $3,586,286 $8,000,014 $360,391 $11,946,691
Stephen Milligan Western Digital $2,546,250 $9,154,094 $7,819 $11,708,163
Jeff Storey Level 3 Communications $3,625,454 $7,357,263 $216,806 $11,199,523
Stephen Smith Equinix $2,042,308 $9,063,820 $7,800 $11,113,928
Glen Post CenturyLink $2,947,500 $7,277,717 $439,294 $10,664,511
Ursula Burns Xerox $2,266,453 $8,000,004 $346,633 $10,613,090
Joe Tucci EMC $2,144,422 $7,942,324 $320,964 $10,407,710
Steve Mollenkopf Qualcomm $2,166,886 $8,000,034 $205,405 $10,372,325
Tim Cook Apple $10,000,000 $- $281,327 $10,281,327
James Bidzos VeriSign $1,630,385 $8,499,901 $20,421 $10,150,707
Jen-Hsun Huang Nvidia $2,509,507 $7,456,900 $4,694 $9,971,101
Rami Rahim Juniper $2,006,250 $7,395,346 $20,007 $9,421,603
John McAdam F5 $1,839,395 $7,329,524 $3,068 $9,171,987
Alain Monie Ingram Micro $3,500,000 $5,499,978 $29,908 $9,029,886
Paul Ricci Nuance $2,000,000 $6,361,500 $199,943 $8,561,443
F. Thomson Leighton Akamai $2 $8,499,916 $- $8,499,918
Michael Gregoire CA $2,131,750 $6,047,202 $264,121 $8,443,073
Lloyd Carney Brocade $1,977,881 $6,373,690 $3,000 $8,354,571
Gary Smith Ciena $1,870,576 $5,562,500 $15,547 $7,448,623
Thomas Richards CDW $2,371,005 $3,296,263 $1,300,347 $6,967,615
William Taylor Rhodes Rackspace $1,421,069 $5,499,969 $14,984 $6,936,022
William Brown Harris $2,672,682 $3,678,548 $469,804 $6,821,034
Lisa Su AMD $1,149,992 $5,383,790 $25,412 $6,559,194
Tony Moraco SAIC $2,274,377 $4,100,019 $10,831 $6,385,227
Peter Altabef Unisys $2,284,200 $3,794,748 $33,208 $6,112,156
Robert Dutkowsky Tech Data $3,378,818 $2,499,967 $42,644 $5,921,429
Mark Zuckerberg Facebook $1 $- $5,037,840 $5,037,841
Hock Tan Broadcom Ltd $3,971,845 $- $53,923 $4,025,768
George Kurian NetApp $833,760 $3,176,335 $6,000 $4,016,095
Ken Xie Fortinet $860,385 $2,788,200 $- $3,648,585
John Chen BlackBerry $1,000,000 $1,999,998 $11,327 $3,011,325
Philip Pead Progress Software $650,000 $2,247,370 $103,836 $3,001,206
Ed Meyercord Extreme Networks $245,768 $1,849,367 $3,819 $2,098,954
Jeff Bezos Amazon $81,840 $- $1,600,000 $1,681,840
Aaron Levie Box $259,583 $- $272 $259,855
Jack Dorsey Twitter $- $- $68,506 $68,506
Larry Page Alphabet $1 $- $- $1

About the numbers

The “cash” column includes salary, bonus, and performance-based bonus pay. “Equity” includes stock awards and option awards; the estimated value of equity awards represents the grant date fair value for stock awards and stock options granted during the fiscal year. “Extras” includes perks and other items such as pension value gains and deferred compensation earnings.

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