How to Find Out an Executive Salary


Have you ever wondered what the top executive at your company makes? Maybe you have interviewed for an executive position, but were not told the possible salary. Sometimes, the salaries of top executives are hidden by companies. After all, the workers don't make near as much money. There are several methods that can be used to determine exactly how much money an executive makes.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Company's financial report
  • Names of board members
  • Search a free website, such as, to find out the salary range an executive makes in a particular industry. This site has a free database of executive salaries, called the Executive Compensation Wizard.

  • Search the AFL-CIO's Executive Pay Watch database. This is only effective for companies that are publicly held, but even some of those companies don't have pay information on the database.

  • Ask for the company's financial profile. Most companies have a yearly financial report that is available for public inspection, upon request. The report will list the top executive's salary.

  • Attend the company's board meeting. While at the meeting, you can ask to be placed on the agenda and ask for information on the executives' salary. Be sure to have a well thought out reason behind your request that would justify an answer.

  • Search a public company's annual proxy statement, annual report on Securities and Exchange Commission , or SEC, Form 10-K, or current report Form 8-K and registration statements used to register securities sold to the public. The SEC uses the Summary Compensation Table as an overview of a company's executive compensation practices.

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