The AP, and Equilar, which collects data on executive compensation, say the median pay package for chief executives at the largest publicly traded companies rose to eight figures for the first time ever last year, to $10.5 million.
The highest-paid CEO last year was Anthony Petrello at oil and gas drilling company Nabors Industries, at $68.2 million, up 246 percent from 2012, the Associated Press said.
The 10 highest-paid CEOS of 2013, according to the Associated Press and Equilar:
Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries: $68.2 million
Leslie Moonves, CBS: $65.6 million
Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold: $55.3 million
Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisors: $39 million
Philiippe Dauman, Viacom: $37.2 million
Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals: $36.3 million
Robert Iger: Walt Disney $34.3 million
David Zaslav, Discovery Communications: $33.3 million