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Equilar Benchmarking

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The #1 Executive Compensation Data and Shareholder Engagement Platform for 15 years.

Equilar Insight sets the industry standard for effective executive compensation benchmarking. Our Top 5 and Top 25 Executive Compensation Survey (ECS) provide for the most comprehensive, accessible, and unbiased solutions in the market.

Equilar is the trusted data source for the world’s largest public and private companies, compensation consultants, institutional investors, and major proxy advising firms.

Top 5

Equilar’s Top 5 offers the most accurate and up-to-date database of SEC–disclosed executive compensation data. Equilar combs through information from each public company to provide a simple, instant download for your use.

Intuitive and easy to use, Top 5 saves you time and resources in the arduous task of benchmarking top executive staff.

  • Superior data quality that is screened through three rounds of quality and accuracy checks

  • Drill down into the source document with SureSource™ SEC EDGAR Technology

  • Benchmark with more than 15,000 Top 5 executives from 5,000 companies including Russell 3000 companies

  • View summary statistics covering cash and equity awards, performance incentives, vesting, and metrics

  • Filter data by company size, location, industry, and other criteria

  • Customize data aging, amortization, and regression

Top 25 Executive Compensation Survey (ECS)

Equilar’s Top 25 Executive Compensation Survey (ECS) is the industry’s largest survey, providing a complete pay picture to help accurately compensate your executives. With 1,400 public and private companies participating in our 2014 database, Top 25 ECS is the most comprehensive executive compensation survey available.

Top 25 ECS provides a significantly larger sample size for positions beyond the Top 5 executives, such as division heads, general counsels, HR executives, and other key executive positions.

  • Publicly disclosed compensation maintains a high bias, while survey data provides a much larger pool of data to help companies appropriately benchmark pay for the entire executive team

  • Top 25 ECS is consistent with long-term incentive valuation methodology standards dictated by the SEC

  • Survey data is essential to make the most data-informed decision on compensation

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Equilar TrueView (ETV) seamlessly integrates high quality, verifiable data from our Top 5 solution with the large database of the Top 25 ECS. Combined together using the same SEC disclosure guidelines for proxy data, ETV provides an unrivaled single reliable data source.

Using Top 5 data alone may provide a relatively small sample size for many executive positions, resulting in a significant bias in pay analyses.

TrueView Example:
Our Chief Information Officer Top 5 report within the software sector shows a median total compensation of $938,000 with only 6 data points. In combination with the Top 25 ECS, the TrueView blended result shows a median total compensation of approximately $715,400 using a set of 18 data points. The opportunity cost to the organization in this example of not using TrueView is over $222,000.


Top 5 Data from Proxy Filings

(in Thousands)










CIO, CTO $180 $0 $55.4 N/A N/A $235.4 $19.1

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Real-Time Data Updates

Our database is continually updated with the latest SEC filings (e.g. 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, DEF 14A, and S-1’s). All of our published data is thoroughly screened through three rounds of quality and accuracy checks.

To further provide data quality assurance, our SureSource™ SEC EDGAR Technology allows you to drill down into the source document. We stand behind the quality of our data.

“Equilar is a market leader for benchmarking executive compensation that compares each named executive officer to a selected peer group for base salary and total compensation.”

- Titan International Inc.
(DEF 14A, 2/27/15)

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