BC-US--CEO Pay,ADVISORY, US

EDITORS:

Next week, The Associated Press will move its annual story package on CEO pay trends. The stories will move over three days, beginning Tuesday, May 23. They include:

TUESDAY, MAY 23

CEO PAY — Compensation for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies rose 8.5 percent in 2016, the fastest pace in three years, according to a study by executive compensation data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. Growth was slower, though, at companies where shareholders complained about compensation trends in 'Say on Pay' votes. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos. By Stan Choe.

With:

— CEO PAY-TOP 10 — Glance showing 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2016.

— CEO PAY-BIGGEST RAISES, PAY CUTS — Glance showing which CEOs got the biggest pay raises and which got the deepest pay cuts.

— CEO PAY-RICH INDUSTRIES, POOR INDUSTRIES — Glance showing which industries' CEOs are getting paid the most and which are getting paid the least.

—CEO PAY-METHODOLOGY — Summary of methodology of the AP's executive compensation survey.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24

CEO PAY- WOMEN — Female CEOs once again saw bigger pay raises last year than their male counterparts, but they continue to account for only a small percentage of the overall ranks. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. By Joseph Pisani.

With:

— CEO PAY- WOMEN-TOP 10 — Glance showing the 10 highest-paid female CEOs.

THURSDAY, MAY 25

CEO PAY-TOP PAID BY STATE — Glance showing the top-paid CEO for each state.