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Download: 2019 Executive Benefits Survey

Employers 09.04.2019 2 MIN READ

For nearly 30 years, Ayco has conducted a biennial survey of executive benefits and perquisites as a benchmark for corporate America’s constantly changing landscape.

Drawing on our relationships across industry segments, we surveyed hundreds of companies for the benefits offered to three separate categories of executives: the CEO, senior executives and “other” executives.

Results of our survey this year, in conjunction with recent editions, suggest executive benefits continue to have a place in a competitive executive compensation package—with consideration for shareholders’ perception of benefits.

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2019 Executive Benefits Survey Cover


Our 260+ survey participants include companies of all size, and included several foreign owned and private companies. These companies make up:

  • 33% of the the S&P 100
  • 30% of the Fortune 200
  • 24% of the S&P 500

To determine trends, we compared the results of our 2019 survey against our 2009 survey done a decade ago. In general, the percentage of companies offering these benefits stayed fairly consistent with a slight downward trend.

  1. 61% Financial planning
    Financial planning continues to be the frontrunner of executive benefits, although it is down from a high of 69% a decade earlier

  2. 59% Executive physical exam
    Physical health mirrors financial health as an important component in the executive benefit package, although with a slight 4% drop from 10 years ago

  3. 28% Executive life insurance
    Between CEOs, senior executives and other executives, life insurance remains a strong benefit, although it has declined by 1% as an offering in the last decade

  4. 27% Company car or allowance
    This perk suffered the largest percentage decrease over the last decade, dropping 10 percentage points from 37% to 27%

  5. 22% Spousal travel
    Like life insurance, this benefit stayed within a percentage point over the last decade, when it surveyed at 23%

All individual responses are confidential. Survey results are based on the aggregate responses of all participants.