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Average CEO Salary: $9.6 Million

CEOs at 200 major companies received, on average, a $9.6 million paycheck last year—up 12 percent from 2009. That puts executive compensation at pre-recession levels, except in those cases where CEOs are actually making more than they were then. Best off was Viacom’s Philippe P. Dauman, who made $84.5 million for nine months of work. New financial-regulation rules intended to restrain CEO pay appear not to have worked.