Google, Microsoft, Apple execs among those topping the wireless industry's pay scale

While executives at AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) were traditionally the highest paid in the wireless industry, a new report from FierceWireless reveals that the compensation trend in 2014 shifted toward Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM).

Phil Goldstein, editor of FierceWireless, said that the reason for the shift was stock awards, which made up much of the compensation for the executives from Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Apple. Take Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. In 2014, Schmidt received $100.44 million in stock awards in 2014, or 92.4 percent of his total compensation package. FierceWireless has this report. 

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