SOURCE: Equilar


October 05, 2012 10:00 ET

New Study From Equilar Finds CEO Benefits and Perquisites Increased in Value but Decreased in Prevalence in 2011

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2012) - Equilar, the leader in executive compensation benchmarking and research, released its 2012 CEO Benefits and Perquisites Report, which reveals that the overall prevalence of key perquisites declined in 2011, with 11.5 percent of Fortune 100 companies included in the study eliminating at least one perquisite program.

Specifically, personal-use aircraft perks and tax gross-ups rose in dollar value but continued to fall in prevalence. The median value of aircraft perks rose to $110,204 in 2011, representing a 19.2 percent increase from $92,421 in 2010. In 2011, the median value of tax gross-ups came in at $18,196, a jump of 30.8 percent from $13,911 in 2010. On the other hand, the prevalence of aircraft perks declined from 64.2 percent in 2010 to 60.4 percent in 2011, while tax gross-ups dipped from 25.3 percent to 19.8 percent during the same period.

"Benefits and perks can be a relatively small part of an executive's total compensation package," said Aaron Boyd, Equilar's Head of Research. "However, companies are continuing to refine their use and ensure that they align with the goals of investors."

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