Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salary

Chief Executive Officers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $160K per year on average. Overall compensation packages to Chief Executive Officers range from $73K on the low end to $423K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $146K and profit sharing that approaches $139K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $130K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Chief Executive Officers (83 percent) who took the survey. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction.

$72,200 - $318,554
(Median)
$72K
$160K
$320K
MEDIAN: $159,891
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$12.38 - $145.32
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$12
$34
$150
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$150K$300K$450K
Salary
$72,200 - $318,554  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $145,738  
Profit Sharing
$2,416 - $138,535  
Commission
$0.00 - $130,000  
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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$73,498 - $423,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$12.38 - $145.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.75  
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.68  
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$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $145,738  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $130,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,416 - $138,535  
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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$73,498 - $423,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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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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As Chief Executive Officers transition into upper-level roles such as Chief Technology Officers, they may actually see their salaries decline sharply. The average Chief Technology Officer earns a much lower $147K on average. Chief Executive Officers most often advance into Non-Profit Chief Executive Officer and Non-Profit Executive Director positions even though the median salaries are $86K lower and $125K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Survey takers working as Chief Executive Officers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Leadership, Business Strategy, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 20 percent. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Budget Management and Marketing Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Operations Management also know 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.


For many Chief Executive Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $116K per year. On average, Chief Executive Officers make $192K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $219K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $185,023

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

For Chief Executive Officers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Chief Executive Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+32 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Employers in Miami and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salaries



National Average
$185,000



Skills That Affect Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salaries





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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1034 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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