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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS EARN MORE IN `92

Median total annual compensation (salary plus bonus) for chief executive officers was $1,050,000 in 1992, up about 8 percent over the previous year, according to a study of 136 Fortune 1000 companies by Towers Perrin, a management consulting company.

The median bonus was just over $443,000, up 12 percent from 1991. The biggest growth came in short-term bonuses rather than base salaries, says Paula Todd, manager of compensation research and development for Towers Perrin.

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"The change in salary for CEOs is very consistent with the salary increases granted to lower-level employees - executives and nonexecutives alike - in 1992," Ms. Todd says.