1. We look at America's high-earning CIOs
How high can a senior IT leader ascend in the ranks of a public company? High enough to rank among a company's most highly-paid executives. High enough to enjoy perks such as company cars, financial planning services, and access to the corporate jet.We dug through the proxy statements of the 500 largest US companies, as ranked by the Fortune 500, and found compensation data for senior IT executives at public companies including GM, Boeing, Yahoo and FedEx. Read on for a snapshot of what each of these senior IT leaders' pay packages is worth, once the salaries, bonuses, stock options and perks are tallied, with figures kept in US dollars.Disclaimer: Our feature provides details on pay packages for 10 senior technology executives at Fortune 500 companies, but it's NOT a ranking of the highest paid CIOs and CTOs.There are undoubtedly higher paid IT chiefs whose compensation is not publicly reported and therefore they aren't in this slideshow.