Sprint CEO Claure took home more money last year than the CEOs of T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon

Sprint CEO Claure took home more money last year than the CEOs of T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon
So which of the four major U.S. carriers has the highest paid Chief Executive? It's got to be Verizon, right? After all, Big Red is the largest carrier in the states, so it would make sense that its CEO, Lowell McAdam, would lead the pack. But that would be a wrong guess. The next pick would be T-Mobile with high profile CEO John Legere. On his watch T-Mobile has become a player, jumping over Sprint to become the third largest carrier in the U.S. In addition, he has made T-Mobile a household brand with his customer-first focus. And T-Mobile's shares are at an all-time high. So it has to be Legere bringing home the most bacon among the four CEOs. Except that it is not him.

That leaves AT&T's Randall Stephenson and Sprint's Marcelo Claure. And with AT&T much larger than Sprint, of course it was the latter's Claure that took home the most money in 2015. According to an SEC filing, the top executive at Sprint took home just under $27 million last year including $22 million in stock awards, $3 million in non-equity incentive money, and $400,000 in additional pay. All of that is on top of a regular salary of $1.5 million.

AT&T's Stephenson was next with a total pay package of $25.1 million, followed by T-Mobile's Legere ($24.5 million). The latter seems to have so much fun doing his job that sometimes it feels like he would lead T-Mobile for free. And ironically, the lowest pay package belonged to Verizon's McAdam who had to make do with $18.3 million last year.

The highest earning executive in all of wireless for 2015 was Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who tacked on a $99 million bonus to his base salary of $652,000. Overall, Pichai took home more than $100.6 million last year.

source: FierceWireless



1. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Who Cares ??????

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I only care enough to come in here and laugh about how horrible Sprints network is yet this guy is raking in the dough. Sprint customers are so dumb. I am dumb enough to have a FreedomPop phone which runs on Sprints network, yet I'm smart enough to pay nothing for it.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You are a real winner you bash each and every Sprint article, and yet boast about how you pay nothing to piggy back on their freedom pop. I dis like AT&T and when I left I vowed not to go back. I don't bash them each time that I get a chance like a jaded w***e....whoa is you. get a grip...leave Sprint completely and let it GO!

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

All of us people in the USA that look at this fool and say how the hell did he get paid so much money for a failed Network and not be able to bring any of its quality up just give the good deals I don't understand how these people make so much money it's stupid ridiculous how much money they get for nothing

4. Rashaan75

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 17, 2015

27 million!! 4th wireless carrier, and terrible network! This is f'ing crazy

5. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

lol their shareholders will love this. fourth place but first in cost

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They all get paid way more than enough for what they are doing. If I got paid that much I would do a lot of good with it instead of living some luxury lifestyle in a huge ass home and s**t.

7. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Now if he can put some of those earnings into their horrible LTE coverage.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

No wonder their service is widely considered as crap, the CEO is busy pocketing all the R&D cash...

10. painnpanic

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I guess most of you forgot about their last CEO who nearly wiped them out with his bad decisions. Sprint hasn't had profitable quarters in years. Now their making profit.4G is out and better plans than Hess ever thought of.Remember the Framaly plan with 10 people and only one gig of data. Don't forget all of the towers they dropped per Hess to cut costs. Network coverage dropped at least one third. Just hope Sprint keeps improving. We need more competition for the big red.

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Funny you mention Hess because he was the highest paid too during his tenure. But it was 1 gig per, not shared.


Posts: 944; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Sorry EU guy here. Who is the best US network to be on then?

13. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Verizon has the best phone and data coverage in the US.

15. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1275; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

If you want to use your own (European) phone, go for GSM operators T-Mobile or AT&T. If its going to be a short trip, go for prepaid...

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

While he is getting more he's also losing customers on a crappy network..

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hi pay, crappy network. Now we have an idea where the money is going.

18. syed_itsa

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

We all here on Phonearena.com Make their companies make profit ... All CEOs should pay their saleries to us.

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