Russell 2000 executive comp survey 2019

Tying performance to pay continues

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Two businessmen walking and talking together Find aggregated proxy pay data for the Russell 2000 constituents across 11 industries in Grant Thornton’s fourth annual survey. The industries represented are communications, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, energy, financials, health care, industrials, IT, materials, real estate and utilities. The survey presents salary, total cash compensation, total direct compensation, and short- and long-term incentive level data for the top-named executives and third-highest paid through fifth-highest paid.

The survey reveals a continuing trend — basing annual and long-term incentive pay on company performance. Industries are placing a higher degree of compensation “at risk.” The use of performance-based pay is especially critical for public companies, with proxy advisors and institutional investors generally preferring pay programs that align executive pay with shareholder outcomes.

See also trends in board of director chair compensation in the 11 industries. The Grant Thornton Human Capital Services team analyzed data in three organization categories ― emerging/growth, midsize and stable/mature.

How does your executive compensation program compare? Download the Proxy Survey of Executive Compensation in the Russell 2000 Index for details.


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