Pay For Female CEOs Rose 26% In 2021

In 2021, the pay packages for the women who run S&P 500 companies rose amid economic recovery and improving stock prices.

Median pay for top female business leaders rose to almost $16 million, according to Equilar’s annual survey for The Associated Press. 

Out of the 340 CEOs in Equilar’s most recent survey of S&P 500 companies, 18 were women, an increase of 2 since 2020. 

Median pay for these women was up 26.4% in 2021, reaching $15.8 million, with 15 of the 18 female CEOs surveyed receiving a rise. These figures represent a larger increase than that of male CEOs’ median pay, which rose 17.7% to $14.4 million in the same year. 

Nonetheless, the pay gap between men and women is still significant. Speaking to The Independent, Vice Chair of Korn Ferry, Jane Stevenson, said that while the pay increase for female CEOs is a positive thing, there is still a lot to be done. 

“I think the danger is to look at those cases of CEOs making more than their peers and see a message about the pay gap being closed – it’s not,” Stevenson said.

“Pay tells a story. We have more stories of some women getting ahead […] It’s great, but it does not make a system. What we do not have is a systemic path forward for women, generally speaking, in a sustainable way, to be on the path to top roles and top pay.”



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