Meridian Compensation Partners recently published its 2015 Outside Director Compensation Trends Report, analyzing outside director compensation at Fortune 100 companies in a wide variety of industry sectors. Highlights of the report are included below and the full report summary is available for download at the link to the left. (Read the summary of last year’s report.)


  • Annual increase in total compensation continues to be modest at 2%-3% per year for Fortune 100 companies
  • Annual cash retainer values have increased at the highest of any other pay component at about 5.5% per year
  • Equity grant values have increased approximately 2% per year
  • A recent governance trend is that companies are amending plan documents to include limits on equity compensation to mitigate potential litigation

Fortune 100 Total Compensation
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Fortune 100 Total Compensation Summary Median Levels


Board Cash Retainer

Average Board Mtg. Fees

Average Committee Fees

Total Cash

Total Equity

Total Compensation

2014 $100,000 $12,000 $10,732 $115,000 $160,000 $275,058
2013 $95,000 $16,250 $11,111 $111,389 $158,288 $267,614
2012 $90,000 $16,750 $9,167 $109,167 $150,000 $260,000
2011 $85,000 $18,000 $10,417 $110,125 $150,000 $255,042

Note: Results have not been adjusted to reflect changes in sample constituents

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