The average annual cash bonus was $3,773,715, compared to third period year 2005 cash bonus levels of $2,375,615. The August 2006 Index indicates that while base salaries decreased slightly, bonuses were up sharply resulting in an average total cash compensation per executive of $5,049,623.
Where do I sign up?
Seriously, breaking into the "executive path" seems to be fairly difficult. Every executive opening I've seen requires... you guessed it... executive experience. What's a programmer who's already at the top of his or her development track to do?