Who were the highest paid executives in wireless?

The holiday season is over, and many people have either already spent their year-end bonuses or are anxiously awaiting for them to arrive.

With that in mind, it's worth taking a step back and looking at the executive pay of the industry's top executives.

Often, total compensation reflects not just a base salary but also bonuses and stock options. In some cases, high pay is the reward executives receive for delivering positive results for the company they lead, while in other cases executives have been given large pay packages to lure them to a company in the hopes of a turnaround, like Nokia's Stephen Elop.  

The following is a list of executive pay for 2010 (the last full year available).

The data comes from publicly available filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

U.S. Cellular CEO Mary Dillon
Total compensation: $5,956,854  
Salary: $422,917
Bonus: $580,000  
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $4,953,937 
Duration with the company: Since June 2010 

MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist
Total compensation: $6,304,171   
Salary: $804,470   
Bonus: --
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $5,499,701
Duration with the company: Since 1994

Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam
Total compensation: $7,195,900
Salary: $913,462   
Bonus: $0
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $6,282,438
Duration with the company: Since 2000 (inception of Verizon Wireless)


 

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop 
Total compensation: $8,689,235 (€6,658,26)
Salary: $365,767
Bonus: $440,137
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $7,883,931
Duration with the company: Since September 2010


 

Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse
Total compensation: $9,068,608  
Salary: $1,200,000     
Bonus: $0
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $7,868,608
Duration with the company: Since 2007

hesse

 

AT&T Mobility and Consumer Products CEO Ralph de la Vega
Total compensation: $10,894,670
Salary: $820,833  
Bonus: $0
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $10,073,837
Duration with the company: Since 2004 (as Cingular)


ralph de la vega

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha
Total compensation: $13,016,126         
Salary: $900,000        
Bonus: $0
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $12,116,126 
Duration with the company: Since August 2008 (prior to the splitting of Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions)

jha

 

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs
Total compensation: $17,626,939  
Salary: $1,146,644
Bonus: $7,500
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $16,472,795
Duration with the company: Since 1990


paul jacobs

 

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson
Total compensation: $27,341,628  
Salary: $1,533,333
Bonus: $0
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $25,808,295
Duration with the company: Since 1982


Randall Stephenson

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Total compensation: $59,092,572
Salary: $800,016
Bonus: $5,000,000
Other compensation (stock awards, etc.): $53,292,556
Duration with the company: Since 1998


tim cook

 

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