State Farm leader gets 82 percent raise

Published 7:46 pm Tuesday, March 6, 2007

State Farm Insurance’s leader received an 82 percent raise after the company posted a record profit last year, a statement from the insurer said Monday.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ed Rust Jr. got a $5.26 million raise. He earned $11.66 million in 2006 with a base salary of $1.77 million and results-based bonus of $9.89 million, the statement said. Rust made $6.4 million in 2005 and $5.5 million in 2004.

The absence of a major catastrophe helped the insurer generate a record $5.32 billion profit last year, compared to $3.24 billion in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast.