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Meet Australia’s highest-paid CEO who took home more than 420 times the national average salary

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The highest-paid chief executive in Australia received an eye-watering $37million salary last year – more than 420 times the average worker’s annual wages. 

IDP Education CEO Andrew Barkla’s $37.76million salary beat the previous record of $36.84million set by Domino’s Pizza boss Don Meij in 2017.

The average full-time Australian salary by comparison is $84,968 – but Mr Barkla earns $103,452 a day.

His income has been made public in the latest report by the Australian Council for Superannuation Investors detailing chief executive pay for the 2019 financial year. 

Mr Barkla’s earnings are also 780 times higher than the Australian median income of $48,360. 

His company offers international students placements in Australia as well as English-language tests. 

IDP Education CEO Andrew Barkla - whose company provides placements for international students - has topped the list of highest-paid ASX200 CEOs with a salary of $37.76million

IDP Education CEO Andrew Barkla – whose company provides placements for international students – has topped the list of highest-paid ASX200 CEOs with a salary of $37.76million

Mr Barkla earns $103,452 a day, while the average full-time Australian salary is $84,968 and an average median salary just $48,360

Mr Barkla earns $103,452 a day, while the average full-time Australian salary is $84,968 and an average median salary just $48,360

The ACSI said his salary, of which a large portion was based on share options, was the highest since they began recording CEO remuneration in ASX200 companies six years ago.

His earnings represent the first time the head of a company outside the ASX100 has come out on top of the annual list. 

The ASX100 is comprised of the largest companies listed on the Australia Stock Exchange.

IDP Education reported in February its stocks had soared by nearly 30 per cent following strong first-half profit growth from English language teaching and testing, as well as student placement. 

The student services and education company reported a 42 per cent increase in net profit to $57.7 million for the six months to December 31, while revenue grew by 25 per cent $378.97 million.  

Also included in the last financial year’s 10 highest-paid CEOs in the ASX200 – which contained no women – was Qantas CEO Alan Joyce with a salary of $12.22million and Rio Tinto CEO JS Jacques who earned $10.32million.

Pictured right with Trade Minister Simon Birmingham. His income has been made public in the latest report by the Australian Council for Superannuation Investors detailing chief executive pay for the 2019 financial year

Pictured right with Trade Minister Simon Birmingham. His income has been made public in the latest report by the Australian Council for Superannuation Investors detailing chief executive pay for the 2019 financial year

HIGHEST CEO SALARIES IN AUSTRALIA 

Andrew Barkla, IDP Education, $37.76million

Paul Perreault, CSL, $30.52million

Philippe Wolgen, Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals, $20.62million

Michael Clarke, Treasury Wine Estates, $19.85million

John Guscic, Webjet, $16.5million 

Greg Goodman, Goodman Group, $14.97million

Robert Kelly, Steadfast Group, $14.42million

Alan Joyce, Qantas Airways, $12.,22million

Colin Goldschmidt, Sonic Healthcare, $11.91million

JS Jacques, Rio Tinto, $10.32million

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Mr Barkla's salary beat the previous record of $36.84million set by Domino's Pizza boss Don Meij (right) in 2017

Mr Barkla’s salary beat the previous record of $36.84million set by Domino’s Pizza boss Don Meij (right) in 2017

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce pictured addressing the media on July 22. He came in eighth with a salary of $12.22million

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce pictured addressing the media on July 22. He came in eighth with a salary of $12.22million

Australian Council of Superannuation Investors CEO Louise Davidson said though company boards were showing ‘greater restraint’ in awarding their highest salaries.

‘More boards are using sensible discretion to rein in outcomes for senior executives,’ she said.

‘Companies will need to be mindful this year of how remuneration outcomes will be perceived externally, given the widespread impact of the pandemic on investors, staff, customers, governments and other key stakeholders.’ 

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