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Careers in pharmaceuticals, biotech and life sciences pay tops in OC

Nov. 3, 2014

If you want to be a well-paid chief executive in Orange County, work in the pharmaceutical, biotech or life sciences industry. That is one of the key findings in a new report by Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance.

Among the findings:

  • While median CEO pay in Orange County increased from 2009 to 2013, the largest pay increases were received by CEOs in the top-pay quartile.
  • Company size explained more than half of the variations in Orange County CEO pay. CEOs at firms reporting more than $5 billion in revenue earned more than double the pay of CEOs in companies reporting revenue between $1 billion and $5 billion.

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