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Top U.S. CEOs earned 303 times more than ‘typical’ workers

Here's your daily reminder that top CEOs earn a lot more than just about everyone else. The average compensation for chief executives at the largest U.S. firms was $16.3-million (U.S.) in 2014, according to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. On an inflation-adjusted basis, annual CEO compensation has risen 997 per cent between 1978 and 2014. Top U.S. CEOs made 303 times what a "typical" worker earned in 2014, the report notes, a ratio that has risen since the depths of the recession, but is below an all-time peak reached in 2000.

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