UnitedHealth CEO's pay rises 24%, bonus jumps 45%

UnitedHealth reported strong financial earnings last year, and its chief executive reaped the rewards.

In 2011, UnitedHealth's earnings, revenue and stock price all rose, with earnings and revenue both increasing 8 percent and shares soaring 40 percent. UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley received a 24 percent pay increase, earning $13.4 million last year, reported The Wall Street Journal.

Hemsley's $4.94 million bonus, including an annual bonus of $3.6 million and a $1.3 million bonus for the 2009 to 2011 incentive period, was 45 percent more than 2010. However, his actual salary has remained level at $1.3 million for several years, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

More than half of the UnitedHealth CEO's 2011 compensation came from stock awards that he just realized, including 1.2 million options worth $28.8 million that he originally received in 2002 but exercised last year, reported the Associated Press.

Hemsley also earned $12.9 million from restricted company shares that vested during the year, including $11.7 million from performance-based shares.

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