Why so serious? Bank of America's Brian Moynihan got a hefty raise last year

Brian Moynihan, chief executive of Bank of America, got a substantial raise in 2011. (Gerry Broome / Associated Press)

In a year when Bank of America’s stock plunged 58% and the company announced plans to lay off 30,000 employees, chief executive Brian Moynihan’s compensation package more than quadrupled to nearly $8.1 million.

Here’s why: In 2011, the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank recorded $1.4 billion in profit after losing $2.2 billion the year before. So far this year, the stock is up more than 70%.

So although the bank’s compensation and benefits committee kept Moynihan’s salary the same at $950,000, he also landed $6.1 million in performance-reliant stock. Then there’s the $420,000 worth of tax and financial advice, along with use of the company’s aircraft, that’s also part of his package.

Along with various other components, Moynihan will have made nearly 317% more last year than the $1.9 million he pulled in during 2010, according to a BofA filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other big executive raises: Disney chief Bob Iger got a 13.6% increase over 2010 with a $31.4-million compensation deal last year. Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone’s $21-million award in 2011 was 39% higher than the pay package the year before.

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