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How to look up CEO compensation at a public company

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff  July 8, 2013 01:02 PM

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The AFL-CIO website offers easy instructions for researching CEO pay by looking at proxy statements filed by companies with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Here are their instructions:

1. Point your Web browser to:
http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html.

2. Enter the company name or ticker symbol and select "Find Companies."
The SEC site will display the company's filings or display a list of companies matching the name you entered. Choose the company name that best matches what you are looking for.
When you get to the page displaying all of a company's SEC filings, find the most recent Form DEF 14a. Alternatively, you can limit your search by entering "DEF 14A" in the Form Type box and selecting "Search."

3. Click on the "Documents" button for the DEF 14A filing you are interested in. On the next page, you will then need to click on the top hyperlink to view the proxy statement.
The proxy statement usually contains a table called the Summary Compensation Table that shows three-years of compensation data for a company's named executive officers. This is part of the Executive Compensation section (typically, this is near the middle or end of the document). You can use the FIND command on your browser or word processing program to locate this section.

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