This excerpt taken from the AAPL DEF 14A filed Jan 12, 2010.
Base Salary Increases
The Compensation Committee determined that it was appropriate to increase the base salaries in 2009 for the named executive officers, other than Mr. Jobs. This was the first salary increase for the named executive officers since 2006 other than increases for Mr. Mansfield and Mr. Forstall before they became members of the executive team in 2008.
In deciding to increase base salaries, the Compensation Committee considered the named executive officers performance, the Companys financial results, and the named executive officers total cash compensation as compared to the total cash compensation earned by executives at peer companies. With the assistance of F.W. Cook, the Compensation Committee determined that the total cash compensation for the named executive
officers was significantly below the median of peer companies despite the Companys superior financial performance. As a result, the Compensation Committee approved base salary increases, reflected in the table below, which take into consideration the Companys team-based approach and the scope of the executives role and responsibilities relative to other members of the executive team. After giving effect to these increases, the named executive officers total cash compensation opportunities still remain below median due to the Companys philosophy of setting target and maximum bonus opportunities at levels substantially lower than the range commonly provided by peer companies and because there is no long-term cash bonus program at the Company as is typical at peer companies.