That is 134 percent more than the $6.5 million he made in 2009, based on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's compensation formula.
Gorman took a pay cut -- to $14 million in 2010 from $15 million in 2009 -- based on Morgan Stanley's calculations. The SEC calculation includes all compensation awarded in a particular year while the company calculation includes awards that reflect a particular year's performance, even if they are awarded outside of that fiscal year.
By way of comparison, the real median U.S. household income was just $49,777 in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Morgan Stanley is the second-largest U.S. investment bank. It earned $4.7 billion in 2010, after the financial crisis brought it to the brink of failure. In 2009, it began reducing its reliance on trading and risk-taking for profit, and shifted its focus to areas such as wealth management, where revenue is more stable.
Morgan Stanley shares closed flat at $26.79 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.
It is due to report its first-quarter earnings next Thursday.
(Reporting by Clare Baldwin; Editing by Gary Hill)