In 2010, Average CEO Pay Was... ...$9.6M, a 12% increase from 2009 By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Apr 10, 2011 10:14 AM CDT 57 comments Comments Brian Roberts, Comcast CEO, left, talks with Philippe Dauman, Viacom CEO, at a media summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, July 8, 2010. Dauman was the highest-paid CEO in 2010, making $84.5 million in 9 months. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (Newser) – Once again, it’s a good time to be a CEO in America. After shrinking during 2008 and 2009, executive pay is back on the rise, with many chief execs at major corporations making as much or more than they were before the recession hit. Last year, the median pay for CEOs at 200 major companies was a whopping $9.6 million, the New York Times reports. That’s a 12% increase from 2009. Profits are also up at American businesses—a full 29.2% in the fourth quarter, marking the fastest growth in more than 60 years. But there’s no trickle-down yet, as many of those CEOs are still not hiring. Click to see how much some CEOs are making—including one who scored a 1500% raise.