CEO Compensation and US High-tech and Low-tech Firms’ Corporate Performance


  • Daniel Shim Sacred Heart University
  • Jooh Lee Rowan University
  • In Ki Joo Yonsei University



ABSTRACT Many factors contribute to the determination of top executive compensation. This paper explores and examines the systematic difference of high-tech and low-tech CEO pays. It examines the relationship between top executive compensation and an Organizational factor, a Market factor and an Accounting factor. It tests CEO’s salary, bonus, and long-term compensation with respect to corporate reputation, ROE, Tobin’s Q, CEO shareholding and firm size. The results show that CEOs’ Salaries at high-tech firms shows a significantly positive relationship with ROE, Tobin’s Q, and corporate reputation, while only corporate reputation shows a significant relationship with CEOs’ salaries at low-tech firms. In addition, both the high-tech and low-tech firm executives’ total compensation are significantly and positively related to Tobin’s Q, and corporate reputation. Similar results are reported with Long-term compensation. In general, high-tech firms tend to use more sophisticated performance measures for the determination of CEO compensation, while low-tech firms seem to use a simple performance measure such as corporate reputation. Keywords: US CEO Compensation, Corporate Reputation, Accounting Performance, Market Performance

Author Biography

Daniel Shim, Sacred Heart University

Director of Research and Assciate Professor of Accounting




How to Cite

Shim, D., Lee, J., & Joo, I. K. (2009). CEO Compensation and US High-tech and Low-tech Firms’ Corporate Performance. Contemporary Management Research, 5(1).



Accounting and Finance