CEO vs. worker pay: Walmart, McDonald’s, and eight other firms with biggest gaps

These 10 companies have some of the highest-paid CEOs in the US and huge gulfs between CEO and average worker compensation, according to a study from NerdWallet. Can you guess which company has the biggest pay gap? 

7. Walmart

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The Walmart logo is displayed in Springfield, Ill.

CEO: Mike Duke

Average hourly worker wage: $8.86

CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,898 (779 times the average worker wage)

Overtime to CEO pay: 2.28 months

Mr. Duke will retire in February and be succeeded by longtime Walmart executive Doug McMillon.

The world’s largest retailer has had a year rife with bad news and controversy. Earnings forecasts and supply orders were cut; profits shrank several quarters in a row. The company has been a lightning rod for fair wage advocates, who have pointed out that many of Walmart's lowest-paid employees have to supplement their income with various forms of federal aid. For the second year in a row, Walmart workers in several cities staged protests and walkouts on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

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