Pay for Credit Suisse Chief Executive Brady Dougan jumped by more than one third to 7.77 million Swiss francs ($8.22 million) in 2012, when the bank's stock stalled amid a cutback in risk taking by its investment bank.
Credit Suisse's top earner two years running was Robert Shafir, promoted to co-head of the newly merged private bank and asset management unit in November. His overall pay was 10.59 million francs last year, up from 8.50 million a year ago.
The payouts for Dougan and other top executives will turn the spotlight back on remuneration after bonuses for investment banking rivals including UBS angered Swiss retail shareholders.
Top management pay remains a hot-button issue in Switzerland nearly five years after UBS was bailed out by the Swiss government.
Earlier this month, Swiss voters backed some of the world's strictest controls on executive pay, forcing public companies to give shareholders a binding vote on compensation.
European officials, emboldened by a victory over banker bonuses, are also expected to propose legislation giving shareholders the right to challenge executive pay amid public anger at Wall Street-style excess in the boardrooms.
Credit Suisse cut 2,300 jobs last year as it adjusted riskier areas of its investment bank to tougher Swiss capital rules.
Credit Suisse's U.S. rival JPMorgan Chase halved the bonus of CEO Jamie Dimon after the bank's board decided he should shoulder blame for $6.2 billion of "London Whale" trading losses. His overall pay was $11.5 million last year.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc has not yet disclosed CEO Lloyd Blankfein's compensation, which increased sharply to $16.2 million in 2011 despite a slide in profits and share price. ($1 = 0.9456 Swiss francs)
(Reporting By Katharina Bart; Editing by David Cowell)