Most of the decrease was because his $100,000 salary wasn't supplemented with a bonus this year, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission documents that Sun filed Friday. Most of his pay came through long-term incentive payments based on Sun's cumulative performance in the past 10 years.
The reasons for the lack of bonus included revenue growth of 16 percent and earnings of 42 cents per share for fiscal 2001, compared with growth of 33 percent and earnings of 55 cents a share in 2000, according to a report from Sun's compensation board.
McNealy wasn't alone. No other Sun executives or employees received bonuses this year, the filing said.
Sun, which chiefly sells the powerful server computers that power corporate network tasks such as stock trading, has been struggling with the financial downturn and the collapse of the Internet economy.
McNealy didn't fare as well as some of his rivals. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' pay rose 13 percent for the fiscal year, and CEO Steve Ballmer's climbed 14 percent. Ballmer and Gates both had bonuses, though they were smaller than the year before.
Sun President Ed Zander's compensation dropped from $2.94 million in fiscal 2000 to $1.41 million in fiscal 2001.