In 2000, Bezos' salary remained unchanged at $81,840, which is what the top executive received in the preceding two years, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For the fourth consecutive year, Bezos, 37, also didn't receive a bonus or stock options.
Meanwhile, other members of Amazon's senior management team scored substantial pay hikes and bonuses. Chief Financial Officer Warren Jenson's salary last year jumped to $177,450 from $55,679 in 1999. Jenson also received a bonus of $1.9 million. Mark Britto, senior vice president of cross-site merchandising, received roughly $1.1 million in salary and bonuses. Jeffrey Wilke, senior vice president of operations, received approximately $1.2 million in salary and bonuses.
Amazon is struggling toward profitability and has been watching its stock price take on water. In January, the Seattle-based company laid off 15 percent of its staff in an effort to turn a profit by the end of the year.
Amazon, which beat analysts' earnings estimates last quarter, recently surprised Wall Street after it said it would post a smaller-than-expected loss in the first quarter. The company, slated to report earnings April 24, expects gross profit to be about $175 million and said its net loss should be less than $255 million, including a $105 million charge for restructuring.
Amazon shares, like those of many other Internet companies, have been mired in quicksand, sinking from a 52-week high of $68.82 to a low of $8.10.
As part of its proxy filing with the SEC, the company also asked shareholders to vote for the re-election of existing board members. Amazon is expected to hold its annual shareholders meeting May 23.