Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salary

Chief Executive Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $166K) surpassing six figures annually. With bonuses occasionally running north of $147K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $106K, and a few commissions as high as $101K, total income for Chief Executive Officers can range between $74K and $413K according to individual performance. While career length and geographic location impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Chief Executive Officers is extremely high. Male Chief Executive Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$72,897 - $323,941
$73K
$170K
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MEDIAN: $165,593
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$15.67 - $122.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$72,897 - $323,941  
   
Bonus
$1,490 - $147,314  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $105,529  
Commission
$6,020 - $100,535  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$74,444 - $412,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$15.67 - $122.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$1.94 - $117.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$1,490 - $147,314  
   
Commission
$6,020 - $100,535  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $105,529  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$74,444 - $412,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 122

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Job Description for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

A chief executive officer (CEO) is someone who is in charge of an organization and normally makes the vast majority of all business related executive decisions. In order to succeed at the position, a CEO must have great social skills, possess the ability to be an effective leader and not shy away from making big decisions. The specific job duties that are required from a CEO will vary depending on what type of organization they happen to be the leader of, as there could be a wide range of job responsibilities that may differ from one another. A CEO shoulders the large burden of having the majority of accountability when it comes to the success or failure of an organization, as one major decision can often take a large toll on a company whether it is good or bad. A few of the many job responsibilities that a CEO may have include several commanding responsibilities such as leading, guiding, overseeing the job performance of other highly ranking company employees such as the president and vice presidents. Furthermore, the CEO will also be responsible for putting together and formulating a strategic set of plans on how to address the direction of their company, as this is one of the more important parts of carrying the job title. It is their job to make sure that all employees carefully follow these plans when it comes to all business decisions and matters that go on within the company itself. A CEO makes a great living and can afford a very nice lifestyle away from the company, but the position comes with some large responsibilities and long hours that can be very stressful.


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tasks

  • Drive strategic planning, business development, and fiscal operations.
  • Establish positive relationships with stakeholders and other business leaders.
  • Determine overarching goals and initiatives.

Common Career Paths for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


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As Chief Executive Officers make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Chief Marketing Officer position pays around the same amount as the Chief Executive Officer job on average. Many Chief Executive Officers choose to become Non-Profit Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $83K less and $109K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategy, Strategy Development, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 15 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Budget Management, Financial Analysis, and Operations Management. Most people who know Operations Management also know Leadership and Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Pay by Experience for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 923 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $154,000 based on 1,060 salaries. An experienced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $193,000 based on 2,139 salaries. A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $229,000 based on 2,165 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $183,754

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Chief Executive Officers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Chief Executive Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+39 percent), Houston (+37 percent), Washington (+33 percent), and San Francisco (+27 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Pueblo:
"The management."
Pros: Managing people, making my schedule, creating new policies/procedures, setting and meeting goals, new industry, helping consumers.
Cons: Stress level, work 12 hour shifts, never a set schedule, last minute decisions from president, don't have a personal life.

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Key Stats for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 715 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
44%
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Experience Affects Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salaries

▲24%

▲5%

National Average
$184,000

▼16%

▼35%

Skills That Affect Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 715 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 16%
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