The BDO 600 - 2019 Study of Board Compensation Practices

As board responsibilities continue to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of strategic planning and general risk management, director pay levels are increasing. At the same time, scrutiny around compensation practices for boards is intensifying.

Pay for board directors at mid-market companies increased 3% between 2017 and 2018.

The annual BDO 600 examines board compensation practices of 600 mid-market public companies and tracks trends in director compensation within eight different industry segments including: energy, financial services - banking, financial services - nonbanking, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, retail and technology. This unique study focuses specifically on mid-market companies and enables a year-over-year comparison of board of director pay.



Download the full report to see what goes into a board director’s average compensation mix, including: 

  • A breakdown of compensation by industry and company size
  • The proportions of compensation in equity versus cash
  • Board compensation and trends related to: board structure, board fees, compensation for chairpersons and lead directors, stock ownership guidelines, board term limits and representation of women on boards

Graph of 2018 Pay Mix and Chart of Total Director Compensation 2017 and 2018