GE's Immelt earns $20.6 million in 2012 -- an 80 percent raise


General Electric says its Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt received compensation for 2012 that was 80 percent more than his pay in 2011.

The company, which makes products ranging from light bulbs to jet engines, gave Immelt a pay package valued at nearly $20.6 million, according to an Associated Press analysis of regulatory documents filed Monday. That compares with $11.4 million in 2011.

General Electric Co. gave Immelt a $3.3 million salary, unchanged from the prior year, and boosted his bonus to $4.5 million from $4 million.

The company did not grant any stock or option awards but gave Immelt nearly $12.1 million for his performance, a payment it grants once every three or more years based on meeting certain goals. The total compensation package also includes $138,012 in above-market earnings from interest on his pension fund.

General Electric also gave Immelt use of the company aircraft, car allowance and other perks valued at $574,507, up from $447,191 in the prior year.

Immelt has helped reshape GE, focusing on its more traditional operations, such as making complex industrial equipment and providing services to companies. GE also makes refrigerators, CT-scanners, wind turbines, gas turbines and engines for jets and trains. It has sold non-industrial assets like NBC Universal. And in a new push, it also provides equipment and services to the oil and gas industry.

The Associated Press formula calculates an executive's total compensation during the last fiscal year by adding salary, bonuses, perks, above-market interest the company pays on deferred compensation and the estimated value of stock and stock options awarded during the year.


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