December 3, 2014 – The 2014 AESC BlueSteps Executive Compensation Report, released by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), reveals that almost half (44 percent) of executives at the CEO/president level experienced a rise in total compensation in the last fiscal year. Of those CEOs who experienced an increase in total compensation, 38 percent received 16 percent or higher growth in the last fiscal year. The greatest percentage of respondents at this level (45.6 percent) earned annual base salaries in the $251,000 to $400,000 range. A gender pay gap begins to develop at the $250,000 base salary level and above, due to fewer women being represented in C-suite positions. “Organizations risk losing top talent to their competition if they don’t clearly demonstrate that they value diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization,” said Karen Greenbaum, AESC president & CEO. The AESC and BlueSteps conducted the survey during October and November, gathering 907 responses from senior-level executives across a broad array of sectors.