Companies worth less than $700 million had an average pay ratio of 45-to-1, while those worth more than $25 billion had pay ratios of 250-to-1. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A survey of 350 companies sheds light on the pay gap between executives and rank-and-file workers in different industries.

The survey, conducted by Equilar, a firm that specializes in compensation, finds that the largest gap exists in the retail sector, where the median employee only makes $13,000 a year, 669 times less than the typical retail CEO, who makes $8.7 million a year. Granted, much of that disparity is due not just to low wages in the retail sector but its large number of part-time workers.

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