Survey: Appleton Pay is Third Among Top Northwest CEOs


In a region known for big industries and even bigger salaries, Micron CEO Steve Appleton comes in third on a list of Northwest CEOs' compensation at publicly traded companies, according to Sunday's Seattle Times.

The median pay of top executives at 124 publicly traded companies headquartered in Idaho, Oregon and Washington was $1.34 million, according to the Times. But in 2010, Appleton made more (a lot more) than that. Including salary, bonus and stock, The Times said Appleton pulled down $9,788,856 in compensation, below only Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks ($21 million), and Nike CEO Mark Parker ($13 million).

Pay for other executives with Idaho ties on the list:

$3.5 million to Gordon Jones of Clearwater Paper
$3.1 million to Dennis Wheeler of Coeur d'Alene Mines
$2.4 million to Phillips Baker Jr. of Hecla Mining
$2.2 million to Alexander Toeldte of Boise, Inc.
$2.1 million to J. LaMont Keen of Idacorp

Among CEOs on the job for all of 2009 and 2010, median pay rose 13 percent, the survey found.