The charts on this page feature a breakdown of the total annual pay for the top executives at SONIC AUTOMOTIVE INC -CL A as reported in their proxy statements.

Total Cash Compensation information is comprised of yearly Base Pay and Bonuses. SONIC AUTOMOTIVE INC -CL A income statements for executive base pay and bonus are filed yearly with the SEC in the edgar filing system. SONIC AUTOMOTIVE INC -CL A annual reports of executive compensation and pay are most commonly found in the Def 14a documents.

Total Equity aggregates grant date fair value of stock and option awards and long term incentives granted during the fiscal year.

Other Compensation covers all compensation-like awards that don't fit in any of these other standard categories. Numbers reported do not include change in pension value and non-qualified deferred compensation earnings.

Name And Title Total Cash Equity Other Total Compensation
B. Scott Smith
Former Chief Executive Officer and President
Total Cash $1,387,276 Equity $1,303,968 Other $214,587 Total Compensation $2,905,831
O. Bruton Smith
Executive Chairman
Total Cash $1,606,151 Equity $1,509,699 Other $143,526 Total Compensation $3,259,376
Jeff Dyke
President and Executive Vice President of Operations
Total Cash $1,238,688 Equity $1,164,305 Other $70,390 Total Compensation $2,473,383
David Bruton Smith
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Strategic Officer
Total Cash $1,314,588 Equity $1,303,968 Other $55,726 Total Compensation $2,674,282
Heath R. Byrd
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Total Cash $865,678 Equity $813,696 Other $80,232 Total Compensation $1,759,606

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