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Microsoft’s Top Compensated Execs In 2022; Satya Nadella Leads With $55M

Wade Tyler Millward

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s total compensation was $54.9 million for the fiscal year, about 10 percent more year over year.

Satya Nadella

Microsoft’s 55-year-old CEO and chairman saw a total pay package of $54.9 million for the fiscal year, according to the vendor. That’s about 10 percent more than the prior year’s total pay package.

Satya Nadella collected a base pay of $2.5 million, unchanged for at least three years now.

Nadella received stock awards valued at $42.3 million, about 28 percent higher than the prior year, according to Microsoft.

His $10.1 million in non-equity incentive plan compensation was about 29 percent lower year over year.

Nadella received $110,250 in “other compensation,” about the same as the prior year. “Other compensation” included $10,250 in retirement plan contributions and 401(k) plan matching. It also included $100,000 in charitable gifts and matching charitable contributions.

Microsoft’s compensation committee and independent board members credited Nadella with leading Microsoft to “strong revenue growth across business lines, including 18 percent growth in Office 365 Commercial, 11 percent growth in Windows Commercial Products and cloud services driven by demand for Microsoft 365, 39 percent growth in Dynamics 365, 45 percent growth in Azure and other cloud services, 34 percent growth for LinkedIn, and our security business reaching annualized revenue of over $15 billion.”

Nadella helped grow Microsoft 365 and Teams as companies adopted hybrid remote work, and he helped make significant “strides in threat intelligence and strengthening the Microsoft “brand” in security,” according to the company.

He led Microsoft “to make 21 new investments and 39 follow-on investments – many in new growth areas – to enable Microsoft to retain its prominence in usage and share growth across existing and new customers,” according to the company.

Nadella closed the Nuance acquisition and “led expansion into new categories, including investments in Consensys (web3) and WAYVE (autonomous transport), which is scaling the development of AI-based models for autonomous vehicles using Azure.”

The committee and board also highlighted Nadella’s efforts in diversity, “with overall representation of women surpassing 30%, at 30.7% globally (+1.0ppts)” and growth among “Asian 35.8% (+0.3ppts); Hispanic and Latinx 7.6% (+0.6ppts); Black and African American 6.6% (+0.9ppts); and Multiracial 2.6% (+0.1ppts).”

The company has already surpassed its 2025 commitment to double the number of Black and African American people managers below director level. It is 92 percent of the way for directors, partners and executives.

Microsoft is 46.5 percent of the way for Hispanic and Latinx commitments for people managers below director level and 57.6 percent of the way for directors, partners and executives.

Nadella’s pay compared to the annual total compensation of the median Microsoft employee was 289-to-one.

Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at

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