Steve Ballmer still not paid as much as other Microsoft execs

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may be the head of one of the biggest tech companies in the world, but Microsoft says that he not only doesn't get paid as much as other tech CEOs, his compensation is actually lower than other current Microsoft executives.

In a new proxy statement filed by Microsoft to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the company says that after its board of directors conducted its annual performance evaluation of Ballmer and other executives, it gave Ballmer a bonus of $620,000, about 91 percent of what he could have received if he had gotten a perfect score.

Combined with a base salary of $685,000 and other compensation of $13,128, Ballmer's annual compensation came out to $1,318,128. The biggest reason for this relatively low number is that Ballmer did not receive any new Microsoft stock awards as part of his salary.

By contrast, Microsoft's Windows head man Steven Sinofsky got $8,583,732 in compensation from the company, combining a base salary, bonuses, and a nice amount in Microsoft stock bonus holdings.

One interesting thing in the proxy statement is that both Ballmer and Sinofsky didn't get all of the bonus money they could have received. That was due in part to "the Windows division failure to provide a browser choice screen on certain Windows PCs in Europe as required by its 2009 commitment with the European Commission."

The EU looks like it could order a large fine in the near future for Microsoft's failure to offer that previously agreed upon web browser menu choice in some Windows 7 PCs. Microsoft said the problem was a technical issue that has since been fixed.

Via: ZDNet.com
Source: SEC website

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Wow what a bunch of asshats around here.
Corporate America is far overpaid, which in no small part is leading to the demise of that country.
I had respect for MS when Bill and Steve were running the show in tandem, because they established a sustainable practice of a reasonable base salary with insane benefits.

When Bill left the company he was only making a base salary of $500k/yr.

I don't even want to get started on the id10ts above who think handouts from the rich direct to the poor would solve anything.
Get a clue.

Oh geez. As if wage would be the ONLY income of a CEO. Jobs had a wage of 1$/year, so what? Was he poor? Of course not. Yet another nonsense article.

Thats ample for him, if he wanted more he would of left last night.

I bet he can almost get what he wants, company car, company house no doubt.

You could say "he's being under paid" but maybe he's not greedy.

Dan~ said,
Thats ample for him, if he wanted more he would of left last night.

I bet he can almost get what he wants, company car, company house no doubt.
Agreed. He actually has too much.
You could say "he's being under paid" but maybe he's not greedy.

My heart bleeds, poor fat boy Ballmer. You'll be paid a lot less after this month though, once the monstrosity that is 'Win8' (remember, METRO METRO METRO Ballmer lol) bombs and you finally lose your job

scaramonga said,
My heart bleeds, poor fat boy Ballmer. You'll be paid a lot less after this month though, once the monstrosity that is 'Win8' (remember, METRO METRO METRO Ballmer lol) bombs and you finally lose your job

Even if he does. I think he will be just fine..

scaramonga said,
My heart bleeds, poor fat boy Ballmer. You'll be paid a lot less after this month though, once the monstrosity that is 'Win8' (remember, METRO METRO METRO Ballmer lol) bombs and you finally lose your job

does it hurt to know he could completely bomb and lose his job and still have enough money to live the rest of his life doing nothing and you can't and never will get there

Colin McGregor said,

does it hurt to know he could completely bomb and lose his job and still have enough money to live the rest of his life doing nothing and you can't and never will get there

Not at all, I have more money than him

naap51stang said,
LOL, he's paid too much considering the outlook of MS (win8, win-phone)

Agreed! Windows 8 is a disaster, Windows Phone may have a chance though if more people new about it!

naap51stang said,
LOL, he's paid too much considering the outlook of MS (win8, win-phone)

I know it's not what you're talking about but... *looks at Outlook* Seems fine to me.

JHBrown said,

Agreed! Windows 8 is a disaster, Windows Phone may have a chance though if more people new about it!
How is it a disaster? The ****ing thing isn't even for sale yet.

As head of the company he has to answer for MS' poor share price performance over the past decade so he is probably paid around the right amount.

ahhell said,
Once again, you prove that you have no ****ing clue what you are talking about.

This, MS's shares have never been higher. Also MS has never been so big.
For the uninformed. 1-2 decades ago, MS was only Windows and some extra software things like Office, maybe include mosaic/IE with it. But look at their vast array of products now, they've pushed many competitors off the market in the cooperate world, which is a really...really tough market to take over when theres well suited names already doing the works.

ahhell said,
Once again, you prove that you have no ****ing clue what you are talking about.

Might not be an expert but it doesn't take a genius to tell that when that MS' value increases by 18% in a period and Apple's doubles in the same time, that is clearly not acceptable.

thealexweb said,

Might not be an expert but it doesn't take a genius to tell that when that MS' value increases by 18% in a period and Apple's doubles in the same time, that is clearly not acceptable.

Yes, you're not an expert (ignorant would be much more appropriate), coz it's much easier to grow when you're little than when you're huge.

It's like saying yesteryear I earned 500 bucks a month and now I earn 1000 bucks, so that's 200% increase, so I have an amazing wage. Does that sound correct?

bviktor said,

Yes, you're not an expert (ignorant would be much more appropriate), coz it's much easier to grow when you're little than when you're huge.

It's like saying yesteryear I earned 500 bucks a month and now I earn 1000 bucks, so that's 200% increase, so I have an amazing wage. Does that sound correct?

Apple's market cap is already many times what MS' is so you can't portray Apple as the little guy in this.

Shadowzz said,

This, MS's shares have never been higher. Also MS has never been so big.
For the uninformed. 1-2 decades ago, MS was only Windows and some extra software things like Office, maybe include mosaic/IE with it. But look at their vast array of products now, they've pushed many competitors off the market in the cooperate world, which is a really...really tough market to take over when theres well suited names already doing the works.

http://www.manolution.com/wp-c...story-of-computing-full.png

See the two graphs at the bottom, that's a pretty funny graph for never being higher.

bviktor said,

It's like saying yesteryear I earned 500 bucks a month and now I earn 1000 bucks, so that's 200% increase, so I have an amazing wage. Does that sound correct?

Actually an increase from 500 to 1000 is 100% and not 200% The money you're earning is 200% of what you were last year, but the raise is 100%. Elementary Arithmetic

makes no difference how much he makes. he's worth about $16 billion. so, that compensation works out to be about 1/12,000 of what he's worth.

so, if you had $100,000 and I was going to give you 1/12,000 of that, I would give you a whopping $8.33. would you even care?

I like how it's both news when a CEO is both paid lots, and isn't paid lots (and he is no doubt getting paid exactly the amount he wants to be).

I wonder what the sweet spot for compensation is that the media is happy with.

remixedcat said,
give him a raise so he can buy more deoderant

I love how we all assume he smells when we've never actually met him to find out. XD

Shane Nokes said,

You're confusing antiperspirant for deodorant. Not only that but you try running around on a stage with hot lights on you and see how fast you sweat in a shirt like that. Guarantee you'll sweat more.

BTW...no he doesn't smell.

did you take a bug huff of him or something? wow. LOL

Shane Nokes said,
BTW...no he doesn't smell.

That's so sad! All those sweet wonderful aromas he's missing out on due to his inability to smell.

remixedcat said,
give him a raise so he can buy more deoderant

He needs better heat sinks instead of that water cooling system he's using.

Meph said,

How come?

Because soldier1st is a dictatorial communist. We should be congratulating Ballmer for such excellent work in a very difficult job and industry, not feeling butthurt because he earns more than us.

He was in the worlds top richest people I was reading the other day, if MS started taking money from him each year instead of paying him, he could still buy a luxury yacht every month for the rest of his life

Detection said,
He was in the worlds top richest people I was reading the other day, if MS started taking money from him each year instead of paying him, he could still buy a luxury yacht every month for the rest of his life

He needs to donate more to the homeless/low income

soldier1st said,

He needs to donate more to the homeless/low income

It is not for you to decide what other people "need" to do, it's none of your business. You are not only a communist but a dictator.

g0ld1e said,

Tell me about it!


He could survive on half that, and donate the rest to the homeless/low income.
Rich buggers need to donate more to the lower class of society and pay higher taxes.

soldier1st said,

He could survive on half that, and donate the rest to the homeless/low income.
Rich buggers need to donate more to the lower class of society and pay higher taxes.

You are a communist. He's already living in democratic communist America where he gives around half via taxes.

I bet you could live on half, or a quarter, of what you earn, go give it away to the lower class so they can purchase more ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine.

50000 said,

You are a communist. He's already living in democratic communist America where he gives around half via taxes.

I bet you could live on half, or a quarter, of what you earn, go give it away to the lower class so they can purchase more ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine.

Democracy with loopholes. And your third sentence is just ignorance.