Goodell made 44 times NFL player’s median salary; how’s that stack up in corporate world?

Roger Goodell's $34.1 million compensation in 2014 would place him among the top 20 CEO earnings in the country.

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When everyone learned NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $34.1 million for the 2014 season, it raised hackles in many quarters, including veteran Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks.

That’s way too much, the argument goes, and so much more than the league’s players are making.

True enough. In 2014, reports tagged the median NFL salary at $770,000. So Goodell made 44 times what the rank and file did.

Sounds like a huge disparity — until you consider what it’s like out in the corporate world. Among the country’s largest companies, CEOs earned more than 300 times the average worker’s salary, Fortune reported in June.

At the top 350 firms in 2014, the CEOs were paid an average of $16.3 million, compared with $53,200 for the employees. (Not to say that doesn’t cause hackle-raising, too, as in Bernie Sanders.)

Still, when placed among other corporate chiefs, Goodell ranks high. His 2014 compensation would place him 19th on Equilar’s list of 200 highest-paid CEOs in American business. No. 1 on that list, by the way, was David Zaslav, head of Discovery Communications, at $156.1 million.

And Zaslav never had to deal with under-inflated footballs.