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T-Mo's Legere had big payday in '13, topped Verizon, AT&T chiefs

According to documents filed with the SEC, Legere collected $29.2 million in earnings, besting AT&T and Verizon executives. Sprint's Dan Hesse was the highest-paid CEO.

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere's brash and bold statements against his competitors translated to more money in his own pocket last year, new documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revealed.

Legere, who has continued to take aim at Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint, and has argued that his own company is more innovative and capable of delivering better services, earned $29.2 million in total compensation in 2013, according to the SEC documents obtained by Bloomberg. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam earned $23.2 million and $15.8 million, respectively, according to those documents.

Only Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was able to outpace Legere for compensation last year, earning $49.1 million, due mainly to SoftBank's Sprint acquisition.

Legere is easily the most outspoken executive in the wireless industry, constantly criticizing his competitors and claiming that T-Mobile can provide a better all-around service to customers. In an attempt to prove that point, Legere earlier this month unveiled three changes to his company's service lineup.

Legere announced a $40 "Simple Starter" plan for customers who don't need a lot of data. He also announced cheaper pricing on tablets to go along with free data and plans to eliminate overage charges.

Despite his best attempts to put pressure on AT&T, it seems Legere's efforts haven't been going all that well. Earlier this week, AT&T announced a $3.7 billion quarterly profit and added over 1 million wireless customers during the period.

AT&T has also fired back at Legere's efforts to take it down a notch, announcing a $200 offer for any T-Mobile customers looking to switch to its service. The company has also started offering more competitive family plans.

CNET has contacted T-Mobile for comment on Legere's compensation. We will update this story when we have more information.

T-Mobile shares are down 1.3 percent, or 37 cents, to $29.01 in early trading on Friday.