How Does Your Pay Stack Up?

Public firms in the S&P 500 now generally disclose how much they pay employees.

The median wage across all the groups in the feature image is about $69,000.

The median pay for the consumer group alone is about $35,000.

For an interactive graph that shows where you stand, please see How Does Your Pay Stack Up?

Walmart CEO vs Median Take Home Pay

The Wall Street Journal has a seemingly shocking headline: At Walmart, the CEO Makes 1,188 Times as Much as the Median Worker.

Walmart is one of the largest private employers with more than 2.3 million employees world-wide and around 1.5 million in the U.S. The figures include both full-time and part-time workers.

Walmart disclosed the pay ratio as part of a broader requirement of the postcrisis Dodd-Frank law that went into effect this year.

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Among the 18 retailers that have reported this data so far, Walmart’s median pay falls near the middle. By comparison, Amazon.com Inc.’s median worker earns $28,446, while Gap employees fall at the bottom of the group at $5,375.

Retail-industry officials argue that median-pay and pay-ratio figures for their industry shouldn’t be compared with others because the widespread use of part-time and seasonal workers makes both look more extreme. The rules for calculating the figures don’t allow companies to annualize most pay figures.

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Inability to annualize pay and factor in part-time employees makes the above chart nearly meaningless.

For all the bashing of Walmart, $19,177 seems like a reasonable number, especially the way it's calculated.

The median Walmart employee makes 273% of the median McDonald's employee.

But what is the median McDonald's employee really worth?

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