McDonald’s chief executive Jim Skinner’s 2008 compensation package of $13.6 million—including a base salary of $1.3 million and $4.6 million in bonuses—was reportedly up 73 percent compared with the prior year. But the quick-service executive was one of few in the industry to see such a generous pay raise. More typical were executives like Harald Herrmann, president and chief operating officer of Yard House USA Inc., based in Irvine, Calif., who along with chief executive ...

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