Agenda – Pay Ratios Poised for More Scrutiny This Proxy Season

April 9, 2021

So far, median pay ratios at early-filing companies in the S&P 500 vary by industry, according to data from Farient Advisors. While the majority of companies have yet to file 2020 proxies, the materials sector and the consumer discretionary sectors have so far seen the biggest increases in pay ratios, with respective increases of 75% and 70% from 2019. Median information technology and health care sectors also saw respective increases of 43% and 17% from 2019. Median pay ratios declined 17% in the energy sector and 11% in the financial services sector.

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