NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Between the long hours, public scrutiny and accountability to shareholders, the CEOs of the stock market's largest companies deserve a fair bit of compensation. We break it down to see exactly how much these business heavyweights earned each minute of 2013.
But, are these hefty paychecks deserved? Feel free to discuss in our comments section below.
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook (FB)
Let's start with the highest paid CEO of a public company: the social network king, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. According to the GMI Ratings' 2013 CEO Pay Survey, Mark Zukerberg earned a total annual compensation package of $2,278,668,214.
How much did Zuckerberg earn each minute of 2013? Swallow your coffee first.
Mark Zuckerberg earned at least $4,332.49 each minute of 2013.
Eddie Lampert: Sears (SHLD)
Eddie Lampert, already a billionaire hedge fund manager, signed his contract as CEO of Sears at a salary of $1 in 2013 to demonstrate his commitment to a turnaround. However, Lampert still had a bonus of up to $2 million in cash or and up to $4.5 million in stock per year.
That gives Lampert income of at least $12.36 a minute over 2013.
Don't forget: he's also founder, chairman and CEO of ESL Investments, a privately owned hedge fund, and Forbes estimates he has a net worth of around $3 billion so don't feel too bad for him.
Steve Ballmer: Microsoft (MSFT)
Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft CEO making his exit this year, earned a base salary of $1.35 million and a bonus of $550,000.
That puts Ballmer's income by minute at $3.61 at least, not including stock options and other perks.
Howard Schultz: Starbucks (SBUX)
According to the GMI Ratings' 2013 CEO Pay Survey, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz had a total annual compensation package of $117,562,601.
Lucky Schultz had an income by minute of at least $223.52. To put that in perspective, that's more than Microsoft's Steve Ballmer earns in an hour.
Tim Cook: Apple (AAPL)
According to the GMI Ratings' 2013 CEO Pay Survey, Tim Cook had a total annual compensation package of $143,828,867.
In his third year since replacing Steve Jobs, Cook earned income of $273.46 a minute over 2013.
Elon Musk: Tesla (TSLA)
Elon Musk has been front and center of his venture Tesla Motors this year as he contended with waning stock prices and media hype over a procession of car fires.
For his work, Musk pulled in at least $78.2 million, according to Time Magazine. That's at least $148.68 in income a minute.
Marissa Mayer: Yahoo! (YHOO)
According to the New York Times, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has a five-year contract worth $117 million.
With a salary package of at least $23.4 million a year, that puts Mayer's income per minute at $44.49.