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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salary

Salaries for Chief Executive Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($155K) per year. Total cash earnings of Chief Executive Officers range from $72K on the low end to $413K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $141K and $103K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Chief Executive Officers are happy with their jobs. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one-half. There are far more male Chief Executive Officers survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent.

$70,935 - $309,742
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$71K
$160K
$310K
MEDIAN: $155,388
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$11.77 - $163.41
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$12
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$160
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$70,935 - $309,742  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $140,647  
Profit Sharing
$2,978 - $103,187  
Commission
$0.00 - $178,198  
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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$72,295 - $413,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $163.41  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $140,647  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $178,198  
Profit Sharing
$2,978 - $103,187  
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).
)
$72,295 - $413,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


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Chief Executive Officers who move into a Chief Technology Officer role might bring in a slightly lower salary; Chief Technology Officers earn $146K a year on average. Many Chief Executive Officers go on to become Non-Profit CEOs or Non-Profit Executive Directors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $83K lower and $122K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Chief Executive Officers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership, Business Strategy, and Marketing Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 15 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Budget Management and Operations Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Operations Management are also skilled in Leadership and Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $115K. On average, Chief Executive Officers make $186K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $212K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Chief Executive Officers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Chief Executive Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+31 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salaries



National Average
$181,000



Skills That Affect Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1310 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 14%
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