Source: The compensation data in this chart was provided by Star Services of San Francisco and was derived from proxy and 10K filings of California's 100 largest publicly held companies, as ranked by revenue.
Who is listed: The adjacent chart lists the top-ranking officer at each company, usually the chief executive officer. In a few cases, we have cited the president or chairman of the board rather than the CEO because historic salary trends indicate that this is the top officer.
Total compensation: Includes salary, bonus and reported value of stock options granted during the year, value of restricted stock awards, long-term compensation. "Other" compensation includes company-paid perks, relocation allowances, severance payments and retirement pay.
Stock options granted: The figures in this column are those reported by each company. They may have been calculated in one of two ways. Some companies report the present value of the options based on a complex formula called the Black-Scholes method. (These figures are marked with a * in the chart.) Others report the future value of the options based on the assumption that the stock will appreciate 5% a year. The 5% method typically results in a higher value than the Black-Scholes method.