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 $155K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash incomes of Chief Executive Officers run from $73K to $411K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $140K, profit sharing that reaches $103K, and some commissions of nearly $169K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Chief Executive Officers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$71,550 - $309,501
(Median)
$72K
$160K
$310K
MEDIAN: $155,492
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$11.68 - $162.19
(Median)
$12
$32
$160
MEDIAN: $32.00
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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
$71,550 - $309,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $140,147  
Profit Sharing
$2,927 - $102,565  
Commission
$0.00 - $168,812  
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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$72,675 - $411,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,055
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
$11.68 - $162.19  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.63  
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.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $140,147  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $168,812  
Profit Sharing
$2,927 - $102,565  
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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$72,675 - $411,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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 advance into a position like Chief Technology Officer may end up working for a little less. On average, Chief Technology Officers take home $146K annually. Chief Executive Officers most often move into positions as Non-Profit CEOs or Non-Profit Executive Directors. Non-Profit CEOs actually earn $83K less on average, however, and Non-Profit Executive Directors earn $122K less per year than Chief Executive Officers do.

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Popular Skills for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Chief Executive Officers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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, 16 percent, and 7 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. Those proficient in Operations Management are, more often than not, 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported 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 $117K. Chief Executive Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $186K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $214K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Chief Executive Officers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Chief Executive Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Portland (+16 percent), and Seattle (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 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 1201 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: 48% employee benefits None: 14%
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