The median salary for chief financial officers jumped in 2010 thanks to incentives such as bonuses and stock awards, according to research by Equilar. However, the trend could stall as more companies look for ways to tie compensation to their long-term strategies. "The solution is to have less compensation tied to short-term performance, and more tied to salary and long-term equity incentives with stock ownership and retention requirements," compensation consultant George Paulin says.

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