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CEOs of Major Defense Contractors Earn More in a Day than Average U.S. Worker in a Year

Running one of the nation’s largest defense contractors means making a lot of money—more money in a single day than most Americans earn during an entire year.

That’s what Project On Government Oversight found after analyzing the executive compensation of CEOs in charge of the top five defense contractors (Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrup Grumman and Raytheon).

The chief executives of these five corporations enjoyed an average compensation package of about $21.5 million in 2011. Divide that by 365 and you get a daily rate of $58,904. By comparison, the average U.S. worker earned $45,230 last year.

This statistical fact would be just another example of income inequality in America were it not for the fact that U.S. taxpayers are paying for defense contracts, and the CEOs’ salaries are factored into the tab for the contracts which, in some cases, are awarded without competition.


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Actually, most non self

Actually, most non self employed folks work about 252 days per year (that's 365 excluding weekends and ten federal holidays). So when we divide $21.5M by 252 we come up with a bit more than $85K per day, which is almost DOUBLE what the average worker makes in a year.

To be fair, I'm sure these guys are on call 24/7, but then, so are many middle managers who bring home the US average or less.

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