Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King is one of the only big grocers to have earned an annual bonus after hitting targets triggering a 23% rise in total pay.
The retail boss almost doubled his annual bonus to £996,000 which on top of a £940,000 salary and other benefits lifted his pay package to £3.2m, the Daily Mail reports.
This was an increase from £2.6m the previous year.
Sainsbury's (down 6.8p to 365.1p) has been the star performer of the grocery sector this past year, managing to dodge the downturn with its ‘Live Well for Less' advertising campaign and discount vouchers.
While pre-tax profit fell 1.4% to £788m for the year to 16 March, this was largely due Sainsbury's property estate being written down in value.
On an underlying basis pre-tax profit actually rose 6.2% to £756m and Sainsbury's market share is at its highest for a decade, with 33 quarters of underlying sales growth.
King was also given a £20,000 rise in salary - an increase of 2.1% which the firm claims is in line with the wider workforce.
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