Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang takes a $2.5 million pay cut after disappointing sales

Nvidia's Jen-Hsun Huang
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The last year or so has been a tough one for big tech but Nvidia has been one of the better performing companies thanks to its enterprise and AI products and solutions. Still, Nvidia hasn't been immune to wider economic influences, and it too missed its sales targets.

That miss means Nvidia's CEO Jensen Huang is not going to get the maximum payout he could have expected if Nvidia had a barnstormer of a year. According to The Register, Huang will take home $21.35 million. Gee I don't know about anyone reading this, but I'd still be pretty happy with over $400,000 per week.

Actually, much of Huang's remuneration comes in the form of stock awards, nearly $19.7 million worth. His base salary is just shy of $1 million, with a further $693,000 made up of 'other compensation,' which is likely to be made of things like travel allowances and health insurance.

That's around 10% lower than the previous year. At a time when exploding interest in enterprise products and the crypto mining boom padded Nvidia's coffers, one could expect there to be a natural pull back now that's changed. Nvidia's (169 page) proxy statement begins with an overview of its businesses, beginning with the following:

"We had a tough 2022. Our business was affected by economic headwinds, geopolitical tension, and a product supply chain that swung from severe shortage to excess. NVIDIANs [really?!] rose to tackle each challenge while inventing new technologies and capabilities that position us at the center of the most exciting opportunities in the history of computing."

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According to the Register, Nvidia's median employee salary was $229,078, giving Huang a 94:1 pay ratio advantage. That median wage number looks high, but given Nvidia's position at the cutting edge of computing and technology, it's got to hire some pretty big brains, and that means spending big money on wages.

I wouldn't feel too badly for Jensen though. Nvidia is well placed to take advantage of an expected boom in demand for accelerated computing, AI products and smarter automation. It's an area that shows no sign of slowing down and if this year is a blip, future years are looking strong for Nvidia.

Oh, Nvidia makes gaming graphics cards too. Who knew?

Chris Szewczyk
Hardware Writer

Chris' gaming experiences go back to the mid-nineties when he conned his parents into buying an 'educational PC' that was conveniently overpowered to play Doom and Tie Fighter. He developed a love of extreme overclocking that destroyed his savings despite the cheaper hardware on offer via his job at a PC store. To afford more LN2 he began moonlighting as a reviewer for VR-Zone before jumping the fence to work for MSI Australia. Since then, he's gone back to journalism, enthusiastically reviewing the latest and greatest components for PC & Tech Authority, PC Powerplay and currently Australian Personal Computer magazine and PC Gamer. Chris still puts far too many hours into Borderlands 3, always striving to become a more efficient killer.