Health care CEOs lead the way in 2015 compensation

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Posted: May 25, 2016 7:30 AM

It pays to be healthy. Chief executives at health care companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index made millions more in compensation last year than their counterparts in other industries. A look at the top and bottom-paid CEOs last year, by industry, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.

Top paid:

1. Health care, median compensation of $14.5 million, up 7 percent from a year earlier

2. Basic materials, median compensation of $12.3 million, up 3 percent

3. Industrial goods, median compensation of $12 million, up 3 percent

Bottom paid:

1. Utilities, median compensation of $9.3 million, up 7 percent

2. Services, median compensation of $9.4 million, flat

3. Technology, median compensation of $10.2 million, up 5 percent