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By Russell Adams and Hanna Sender Photo: Photo Illustration by Ryan Olbrysh; Getty Images (6)

Halfway through this season of “American Idol,” Katy Perry hit a milestone. That’s when her earnings as a judge on the ABC show surpassed what most chief executives in the S&P 500 made all of last year.

The Wall Street Journal this week released its annual analysis of CEO pay, which hit another post-recession record in 2018. But almost all of them are still looking up at radio host Howard Stern and basketball star Steph Curry.

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To put executive pay in context, the Journal matched it up against earnings for highly paid professionals across a variety of fields, from sports and entertainment to finance and law. Here are the results:

Annual pay,

in millions

The radio host makes more under his contract with Sirius XM Holdings than all but one CEO in the S&P 500 in 2018:

David Zaslav

CEO, Discovery

$129M

Howard Stern

Talk radio host on Sirius XM satellite radio

Median CEO pay

of S&P 500 companies in 2018

Up from $11.7 million for the same companies in 2017

$90 million a year

$12.4M

John Roberts

Chief Justice Supreme Court

$270,700

Brian Moynihan

CEO, Bank of America

$22.8M

Lloyd Blankfein

CEO, Goldman Sachs

$23.4M

Stephen Schwarzman

CEO, Blackstone Group

$69.1M

The founder of the private-equity firm made about as much as the CEOs of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Bank of America combined

Michael Corbat

CEO, Citigroup

$24.2M

Katy Perry

judge on ABC’s

“American Idol”

$25M

Mike Trout

Major League Baseball player

$35.5M

Mary Barra

CEO, General Motors

$21.9M

Partner,

Kirkland & Ellis

law firm‡

$11M

Under his 12-year, $426.5 million contract, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder makes 14 times the median MLB salary of $2.5 million.

Mike Krzyzewski*

head basketball coach, Duke University, 2016

$7M

Richard Brodhead, Duke’s former president, made $1.4 million that year.

Robert Iger

CEO of Walt Disney

$65.7M

Celine Dion†

singer

$33M

The singer, whose Las Vegas show is ending this year, takes home nearly $500,000 per show from her Caesars Palace residency.

Toby Cosgrove*

President and CEO,

Cleveland Clinic

until 2017

$6.2M

The CEO of Under Armour, the brand the Golden State Warriors guard endorses, made $6.6 million in 2018.

Marc Benioff

Co-CEO, Salesforce

$28.4M

Reed Hastings

CEO, Netflix

$36.1M

Stephen Curry

NBA player

$40.2M

Jennifer Aniston

actress

$22M

Tim Cook

CEO, Apple

$15.7M

Apple is paying Ms. Aniston $1.1 million per episode for 20 episodes of a new drama about a morning news show. Apple CEO Tim Cook made $15.7 million last year.

Nancy Brown*

CEO of American

Heart Association

$1.9M

James Hoffa*

General president, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

$400,000

*Figures reflect salaries cited in most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990s for nonprofit organizations

†Annual salary is based on Ms. Dion performing roughly 70 shows a year during her Caesars residency.

‡Figure is based on public financial disclosure reports of two former partners who left the firm for government jobs. Though the figure mostly reflects money the partners made in 2017, some of it was earned outside of that calendar year.

Note: Compensation for athletes is limited to what they are paid by their teams. They, like actors and others on the list, have other sources of income that aren’t reflected in the figures. Median CEO pay is based on 400 CEOs in the S&P 500 through May 1

Sources: WSJ analysis of data from MyLogIQ (CEO compensation); company reports; SEC filings (Schwarzman); Guidestar (Krzyzewski, Cosgrove, Brown); Department of Labor (Hoffa); Federal Judicial Center (Roberts); Spotrac (Curry, Trout)

Photos: Amy Harris/Invision/AP (Perry); Charles Sykes/Invision/AP (Dion); Michael Zorn/Invision/AP (Stern); Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images (Aniston); Gregory Shamus/Getty Images (Trout); Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images (Curry)

Rick Smith

CEO of Axon Enterprise

$246M

Pay came in a 10-year stock-option grant that is contingent on reaching performance targets. The Taser maker said the package was modeled after one Tesla gave to CEO Elon Musk.

Annual pay,

in millions

The radio host makes more under his contract with Sirius XM Holdings than all but one CEO in the S&P 500 in 2018:

David Zaslav

CEO, Discovery

$129M

Howard Stern

Talk radio host on Sirius XM satellite radio

$12.4M

Median CEO pay

of S&P 500 companies in 2018

Up from $11.7 million for the same companies in 2017

$90 million a year

Brian Moynihan

CEO, Bank of America

$22.8M

Stephen Schwarzman

CEO, Blackstone Group

$69.1M

Lloyd Blankfein

CEO, Goldman Sachs

$23.4M

The founder of the private-equity firm made about as much as the CEOs of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Bank of America combined

Michael Corbat

CEO, Citigroup

$24.2M

John Roberts

Chief Justice Supreme Court

$270,700

Mike Trout

Major League Baseball player

$35.5M

Under his 12-year, $426.5 million contract, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder makes 14 times the median MLB salary of $2.5 million.

Katy Perry

judge on ABC’s

“American Idol”

$25M

Mike Krzyzewski*

head basketball coach, Duke University, 2016

$7M

Richard Brodhead, Duke’s former president, made $1.4 million that year.

Mary Barra

CEO, General Motors

$21.9M

Partner,

Kirkland & Ellis

law firm‡

$11M

Celine Dion†

singer

$33M

The singer, whose Las Vegas show is ending this year, takes home nearly $500,000 per show from her Caesars Palace residency.

Robert Iger

CEO of Walt Disney

$65.7M

The CEO of Under Armour, the brand the Golden State Warriors guard endorses, made $6.6 million in 2018.

Stephen Curry

NBA player

$40.2M

Marc Benioff

Co-CEO, Salesforce

$28.4M

Toby Cosgrove*

President and CEO,

Cleveland Clinic

until 2017

$6.2M

Jennifer Aniston

actress

$22M

Reed Hastings

CEO, Netflix

$36.1M

Apple is paying Ms. Aniston $1.1 million per episode for 20 episodes of a new drama about a morning news show. Apple CEO Tim Cook made $15.7 million last year.

James Hoffa*

General president, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

$400,000

Tim Cook

CEO, Apple

$15.7M

Nancy Brown*

CEO of American

Heart Association

$1.9M

Rick Smith

CEO of Axon Enterprise

$246M

Pay came in a 10-year stock-option grant that is contingent on reaching performance targets. The Taser maker said the package was modeled after one Tesla gave to CEO Elon Musk.

*Figures reflect salaries cited in most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990s for nonprofit organizations

†Annual salary is based on Ms. Dion performing roughly 70 shows a year during her Caesars residency.

‡Figure is based on public financial disclosure reports of two former partners who left the firm for government jobs. Though the figure mostly reflects money the partners made in 2017, some of it was earned outside of that calendar year.

Note: Compensation for athletes is limited to what they are paid by their teams. They, like actors and others on the list, have other sources of income that aren’t reflected in the figures. Median CEO pay is based on 400 CEOs in the S&P 500 through May 1

Sources: WSJ analysis of data from MyLogIQ (CEO compensation); company reports; SEC filings (Schwarzman); Guidestar (Krzyzewski, Cosgrove, Brown); Department of Labor (Hoffa); Federal Judicial Center (Roberts); Spotrac (Curry, Trout)

Photos: Amy Harris/Invision/AP (Perry); Charles Sykes/Invision/AP (Dion); Michael Zorn/Invision/AP (Stern); Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images (Aniston); Gregory Shamus/Getty Images (Trout); Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images (Curry)

Annual pay,

in millions

The radio host makes more under his contract with Sirius XM Holdings than all but one CEO in the S&P 500 in 2018:

David Zaslav

CEO, Discovery

$129M

Howard Stern

Talk radio host on Sirius XM satellite radio

Median CEO pay

of S&P 500 companies in 2018

Up from $11.7 million for the same companies in 2017

$12.4M

$90 million a year

John Roberts

Chief Justice Supreme Court

$270,700

Brian Moynihan

CEO, Bank of America

$22.8M

Stephen Schwarzman

CEO, Blackstone Group

$69.1M

Lloyd Blankfein

CEO, Goldman Sachs

$23.4M

The founder of the private-equity firm made about as much as the CEOs of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Bank of America combined

Katy Perry

judge on ABC’s

“American Idol”

$25M

Michael Corbat

CEO, Citigroup

$24.2M

Mike Trout

Major League Baseball player

$35.5M

Under his 12-year, $426.5 million contract, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder makes 14 times the median MLB salary of $2.5 million.

Mary Barra

CEO, General Motors

$21.9M

Mike Krzyzewski*

head basketball coach, Duke University, 2016

$7M

Richard Brodhead, Duke’s former president, made $1.4 million that year.

Celine Dion†

singer

$33M

The singer, whose Las Vegas show is ending this year, takes home nearly $500,000 per show from her Caesars Palace residency.

Partner,

Kirkland & Ellis

law firm‡

$11M

James Hoffa*

General president, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

$400,000

Robert Iger

CEO of Walt Disney

$65.7M

The CEO of Under Armour, the brand the Golden State Warriors guard endorses, made $6.6 million in 2018.

Stephen Curry

NBA player

$40.2M

Marc Benioff

Co-CEO, Salesforce

$28.4M

Reed Hastings

CEO, Netflix

$36.1M

Jennifer Aniston

actress

$22M

Nancy Brown*

CEO of American

Heart Association

$1.9M

Apple is paying Ms. Aniston $1.1 million per episode for 20 episodes of a new drama about a morning news show. Apple CEO Tim Cook made $15.7 million last year.

*Figures reflect salaries cited in most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990s for nonprofit organizations

†Annual salary is based on Ms. Dion performing roughly 70 shows a year during her Caesars residency.

‡Figure is based on public financial disclosure reports of two former partners who left the firm for government jobs. Though the figure mostly reflects money the partners made in 2017, some of it was earned outside of that calendar year.

Note: Compensation for athletes is limited to what they are paid by their teams. They, like actors and others on the list, have other sources of income that aren’t reflected in the figures. Median CEO pay is based on 400 CEOs in the S&P 500 through May 1

Sources: WSJ analysis of data from MyLogIQ (CEO compensation); company reports; SEC filings (Schwarzman); Guidestar (Krzyzewski, Cosgrove, Brown); Department of Labor (Hoffa); Federal Judicial Center (Roberts); Spotrac (Curry, Trout)

Photos: Amy Harris/Invision/AP (Perry); Charles Sykes/Invision/AP (Dion); Michael Zorn/Invision/AP (Stern); Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images (Aniston); Gregory Shamus/Getty Images (Trout); Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images (Curry)

Rick Smith

CEO of Axon Enterprise

$246M

Tim Cook

CEO, Apple

$15.7M

Pay came in a 10-year stock-option grant that is contingent on reaching performance targets. The Taser maker said the package was modeled after one Tesla gave to CEO Elon Musk.

Annual pay, in millions

Howard Stern

Talk radio host on Sirius XM satellite radio

$90 million a year

David Zaslav

CEO, Discovery

$129M

The radio host makes more under his contract with Sirius XM Holdings than all but one CEO in the S&P 500 in 2018

$12.4M

Median CEO pay

of S&P 500 companies in 2018

Up from $11.7 million for the same companies in 2017

Stephen Schwarzman

CEO, Blackstone Group

$69.1M

The founder of the private-equity firm made about as much as the CEOs of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Bank of America combined

Michael Corbat

CEO, Citigroup

$24.2M

Lloyd Blankfein

CEO, Goldman Sachs

$23.4M

Brian Moynihan

CEO, Bank of America

$22.8M

Mike Trout

Major League

Baseball player

$35.5M

John Roberts

Chief Justice Supreme Court

$270,700

Under his 12-year, $426.5 million contract, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder makes 14 times the median MLB salary of $2.5 million.

Mike Krzyzewski*

Head basketball coach,

Duke University, 2016

$7M

Nancy Brown*

CEO, American

Heart Association

$1.9M

Richard Brodhead, Duke’s former president, made $1.4 million that year.

Mary Barra

CEO, GM

$21.9M

Partner,

Kirkland &

Ellis law firm‡

$11M

Katy Perry

judge on ABC’s

“American Idol”

$25M

Steph Curry

NBA player

$40.2M

The CEO of Under Armour, the brand the Golden State Warriors guard endorses, made $6.6 million in 2018.

James Hoffa*

General president, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

$400,000

Reed Hastings

CEO, Netflix

$36.1M

Marc Benioff

Co-CEO, Salesforce

$28.4M

Celine Dion†

singer

$33M

The singer, whose Las Vegas show is ending this year, takes home nearly $500,000 per show from her Caesars Palace residency.

Toby Cosgrove*

President and CEO,

Cleveland Clinic

until 2017

$6.2M

Jennifer Aniston

actress

$22M

Apple is paying Ms. Aniston $1.1 million per episode for 20 episodes of a new drama about a morning news show. Apple CEO Tim Cook made $15.7 million last year.

Tim Cook

CEO, Apple

$15.7M

Robert Iger

CEO of Walt Disney

$65.7M

Rick Smith

CEO of Axon Enterprise

$246M

Pay came in a 10-year stock-option grant that is contingent on reaching performance targets. The Taser maker said the package was modeled after one Tesla gave to CEO Elon Musk.

*Figures reflect salaries cited in most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990s for nonprofit organizations

†Annual salary is based on Ms. Dion performing roughly 70 shows a year during her Caesars residency.

‡Figure is based on public financial disclosure reports of two former partners who left the firm for government jobs. Though the figure mostly reflects money the partners made in 2017, some of it was earned outside of that calendar year.

Note: Compensation for athletes is limited to what they are paid by their teams. They, like actors and others on the list, have other sources of income that aren’t reflected in the figures. Median CEO pay is based on 400 CEOs in the S&P 500 through May 1

Sources: WSJ analysis of data from MyLogIQ (CEO compensation); company reports; SEC filings (Schwarzman); Guidestar (Krzyzewski, Cosgrove, Brown); Department of Labor (Hoffa); Federal Judicial Center (Roberts); Spotrac (Curry, Trout)

Photos: Amy Harris/Invision/AP (Perry); Charles Sykes/Invision/AP (Dion); Michael Zorn/Invision/AP (Stern); Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images (Aniston); Gregory Shamus/Getty Images (Trout); Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images (Curry)

 

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Corrections & Amplifications
An earlier version of this graphic had an incorrectly sized circle to represent the pay of Axon Enterprise Inc. CEO Rick Smith. The circle was larger than was accurate. The graphic has been corrected. (May 17, 2019)

Write to Russell Adams at russell.adams@wsj.com and Hanna Sender at Hanna.Sender@wsj.com