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Top-paid CEO in Washington last year was head of Starbucks

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

SEATTLE – A new survey shows the top paid executive in Washington state last year was the head of Starbucks.

Calculations by the Associated Press and the executive data firm Equilar show Starbucks Corp. CEO Howard Schultz topped the compensation list in Washington state, earning $21.8 million last year.

Schultz stepped down from the post in April.

The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and May 1.

It includes CEOs who have been in place for at least two years.

To calculate CEO pay, Equilar adds salary, bonus, stock awards, stock option awards, deferred compensation and other components that include benefits and perks.

The typical CEO in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index made $11.5 million last year.


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