Comcast's Steve Burke, head of NBCUniversal, made $46M in 2016

Compensation for Comcast Corp.'s Steve Burke soared 37 percent last year to $46 million, easily making him one of the highest-paid U.S. executives.

Burke heads Comcast-owned NBCUniversal, the entertainment conglomerate based in New York.

The $46 million included a $10 million stock-option benefit paid to Burke when he agreed in 2016 to extend his employment at NBCU through August 2020.

Burke's compensation was mostly based on performance, amounting to 82 percent of the total, Comcast spokesman John Demming said Friday. NBCUniversal's successes include a No. 1 prime-time rating at the NBC broadcast-TV network and rapid expansion of the Universal theme parks. The Universal movie studio also had two blockbusters in 2016 that are expected to be franchises: Secret Life of Pets and Sing.

On Thursday, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said that the acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011 was "perhaps the best in our history." Compensation for Roberts, who is also chairman of the cable and entertainment giant, was $33 million.

Other executives whose compensation was listed in a regulatory filing Friday included Mike Cavanagh, chief financial officer, who was paid $25.7 million.

Neil Smit, the former president and CEO of the cable division, was paid $25.4 million.

David Cohen, the senior executive vice president who heads government affairs and lobbying, was compensated $17.9 million.