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10 CEOs who make less money than you

GOBankingRates Logo By Dan Ketchum of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 11: Believe it or not, the typical American household earning the 2016 median income of $57,617 likely earned a higher salary than Elon Musk. And, no — that doesn't mean members of these households suddenly became billionaires.The average CEO salary was $12.2 million among Fortune 500 companies in 2016, according to the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. But these CEOs are anything but average. Although these leaders aren't exactly struggling to make ends meet, their insistence on taking little or no salary certainly sends a message of social responsibility in the age of the mega-corporations. Click through to see who has taken home smaller paychecks.

Forget the average CEO salary — these execs get by on way less

Believe it or not, the typical American household earning the 2016 median income of $57,617 likely earned a higher salary than Elon Musk. And, no — that doesn't mean members of these households suddenly became billionaires.

The average CEO salary was $12.2 million among Fortune 500 companies in 2016, according to the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. But these CEOs are anything but average. Although these leaders aren't exactly struggling to make ends meet, their insistence on taking little or no salary certainly sends a message of social responsibility in the age of the mega-corporations.

Click through to see who has taken home smaller paychecks.

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