Money CEOs now earn 78 times more than Australian workers

15:59  06 december  2017
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Compared to average Australians , CEOs earn an astronomical amount, watch the pay gap tick over in real time .

Alan Joyce, CEO of the Airline Quantas.© Jürgen Heinrich\ullstein bild via Getty Images Alan Joyce, CEO of the Airline Quantas. Australia's top chief executives earn an average of $4.75 million — or 78 times more than the average Australian worker.

The stark finding comes from corporate adviser Conrad Liveris, who has examined the remuneration of executives at Australia's 100 biggest public companies.

But that's not all.

Here's how the gap between total average remuneration for ASX100 chief executives compares to average weekly earnings.

Mr Liveris says Australian corporations' approach to executive remuneration is outdated, as it's based on a model created for corporations in the 1980s and 1990s.

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leaders. Australian CEOs earn ,352.43 per week. AUSTRALIA ’S chief executives are earning 78 times the wage of the average Australian and saw their pay packets increase by 3.5 per cent in the past year, compared with just 1.9 per cent for the average worker .

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In other words, a typical CEO makes about for each dollar earned by workers , a difference of about 8,000 percent. However, pay ratios varied widely from one company to the next, from roughly double to more than 900 times higher.

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Australians' wages are stubbornly stagnant, but it's a quite different story for CEOs.

Over the past couple of years, CEO remuneration has climbed 46 per cent more, year on year, than average Australian incomes.

Mr Liveris believes corporations need to align increases in executive remuneration to Australia's Wage Price Index, in an effort to win back trust in the country's biggest businesses.

You might assume that women who become CEOs have broken through the glass ceiling. But even at this level, there remains a large gap in earnings.

And keep in mind: there are only seven women leading ASX100 companies.

The highest-earning woman CEO is Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz from Mirvac, who took home a total package of $5.3 million.

That compares to Alan Joyce from Qantas, the top-earning man who is earning $24.6 million.

Notably, though, some women executives who hold other positions are out-earning their fellow CEOs. For example:

"The highest paid men in the ASX100 tend to be group chief executives, while women tend to lead business units," Mr Liveris explains.

Alan Joyce from Qantas may have received the highest total remuneration package, but Wesfarmers' Richard Goyder took home the highest salary.

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