(Bloomberg View) -- How much compensation the folks at Pimco haul in each year has always been a topic of fascination on Wall Street.

In 2012, news reports suggested that the firm's top 30 partners “pulled down an average $33 million a year in compensation in recent years.” A subsequent column by Felix Salmon guessed that the average investment professional at Pimco was making “roughly $7 million each” annually.

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