Why the pay gap for GM's female CEO?

Incoming General Motors CEO Mary Barra introduces the 2015 GMC Canyon at media previews for the North American International Auto Show, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

February 5, 2014 3:33:11 AM PST
Last month Mary Barra took over as the first female CEO of General Motors, but now her pay is coming under fire.

Barra replaces Dan Akerson, who made $9.1 million in 2013. Akerson was paid $1.7 million in base salary and earned an additional $7.35 million in short term compensation.

So far, Barra is set to make $4.4 million after a base pay of $1.6 million and short term compensation of $2.8 million.

After coming under fire from several media outlets, GM said that is not all Barra will take home. The company will announce her long-term compensation package later this year. GM said after that, there won't be much difference in the two salaries.

Barra's duties are also less than what Akerson was given. His job has now been split amongst four people, Yahoo reports.

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