NBCU's Steve Burke Gets Pay Raise in New Deal

Steve Burke

Steve Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal, bucked the compensation downward trend. The head of the Comcast-owned entertainment giant earned $26.3 million in 2012, up from $23.7 million a year earlier. The company's financials have shown improvement, even though management has cautioned that the ratings turnaround at NBC will be a longer-term process.

He gets a $5 million bonus for what the company says is "outstanding work."

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has extended his employment agreement through 2018.

The deal increases his base salary to $2.6 million, which is up from about $2.2 million annually under the old agreement. In addition, Burke has been granted a $5 million performance-based bonus "on account of Mr. Burke’s outstanding work in integrating NBCUniversal and its businesses into Comcast, and making extraordinary progress in improving its businesses and results," according to an SEC filing made by the company on Friday.

He also continues to earn cash bonuses up to 300 percent of his base salary based upon the achievement of certain performance goals. He's also set to earn millions of dollars more under the company's deferred compensation plan.

All told, he figures to increase the total compensation package of $26.3 million that Comcast reported for him last year.

Comcast's stock price is up nearly 26 percent in the past 12 months to more than $42 a share. Here's a look at the company's key financial metrics: