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Chain Restaurant CEOs Make $5,859 Per Hour on Average

Some even make over $13,000 per hour.

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While fast food workers fight to earn more than minimum wage, the CEOs of popular chain restaurants are sitting cushy. According to a new USA Today analysis of data from S&P Capital IQ, 13 CEOs of "well-known retailers and restaurants" — including the likes of Chipotle, Pizza Hut, and Dunkin' Donuts — make on average $5,859 per hour. The report notes that "it would take an employee making $10 a hour more than two months working each day to earn as much as the average CEO in the industry makes in a single hour." The averages are based on 40-hour work weeks, and it's fair to say that most CEOs probably work more hours than that. But even if they put in 80 hours per week, a CEO's hourly salary still averages out to just under $3,000 per hour.

There is a stark difference between the hourly salaries of chain CEOs, however. The co-CEOs of Chipotle — Steve Ells and Montgomery Moran — rake in over $13,000 per hour each. However, the CEO of bakery chain Panera Bread Ronald Shaich, only takes home $1,292 per hour — a paltry sum compared to Ells and Moran. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz also makes a hefty $10,285 per hour which is nearly twice as much as Dunkin' Donuts CEO Nigel Travis. Check out the hourly wages of CEOs below: