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These CEOs really earn their high-price salaries

GOBankingRates Logo By Michael Keenan of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 11: Whether CEOs actually earn their compensation might be up for debate, but there’s no denying top CEOs at big companies are making a fortune. According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute, the largest firms in America shelled out an average of $15.6 million per year in CEO pay in 2016. Though most workers would gladly accept the base salaries of the typical corporate CEO, a large chunk of their compensation comes from equity awards, including stock awards and stock options.Every year company review site Glassdoor names the highest-rated CEOs of the year, based on anonymous employee feedback. Click through to see how much some of the CEOs on Glassdoor's list made, based on required SEC filings for publicly traded companies gathered from Salary.com. This list is just a snapshot of popular CEO salaries; highly rated private company CEOs who haven't disclosed their pay aren't included, and neither are CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, who have elected to draw only a token wage. What these CEOs have in common, besides their high salaries, are traits that investors look for.

Employees love working for these highly paid CEOs

Whether CEOs actually earn their compensation might be up for debate, but there’s no denying top CEOs at big companies are making a fortune. According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute, the largest firms in America shelled out an average of $15.6 million per year in CEO pay in 2016. Though most workers would gladly accept the base salaries of the typical corporate CEO, a large chunk of their compensation comes from equity awards, including stock awards and stock options.

Every year company review site Glassdoor names the highest-rated CEOs of the year, based on anonymous employee feedback. Click through to see how much some of the CEOs on Glassdoor's list made, based on required SEC filings for publicly traded companies gathered from Salary.com. This list is just a snapshot of popular CEO salaries; highly rated private company CEOs who haven't disclosed their pay aren't included, and neither are CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, who have elected to draw only a token wage. What these CEOs have in common, besides their high salaries, are traits that investors look for.

Click ahead to read about CEOs who really earn their high-price salaries.

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