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These are casual dining’s 13 highest-paid CEOs

The highest-paid casual executive saw his compensation more than double in 2018

The highest-paid casual-dining CEO saw his total 2018 pay increase nearly 150% year over year, to end the year with more than double the total compensation of the No. 2 executive on the list. That bump reflected the growing influence of stock awards and other performance-based bonuses, a trend seen throughout the industry.

For its annual executive salary survey, NRN reviewed Securities and Exchange Commission filings to compile 2018 pay for CEOs at public restaurant companies in the NRN Top 200. This report looks at the total compensation each person received from a given company for 2018 and 2017. Executives who did not serve as CEO for the full year are noted, and figures may include some compensation for earlier non-CEO roles. This salary survey starts low and works up to last year’s highest-paid executive.

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