Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salary

Average pay for Chief Executive Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($160K). In the world of Chief Executive Officers, overall income ranges from $73K near the bottom to $423K at the top; this can include more than $146K from bonuses and more than $139K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. The vast majority of Chief Executive Officers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance.

$72,200 - $318,554
(Median)
$72K
$160K
$320K
MEDIAN: $159,891
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$12.38 - $145.32
(Median)
$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 advancements into roles like Chief Technology Officer, their salaries may drop sharply. The average Chief Technology Officers brings home $147K annually. Chief Executive Officers most often move into positions as Non-Profit CEOs or Non-Profit Executive Directors. Non-Profit CEOs actually earn $86K less on average, however, and Non-Profit Executive Directors earn $125K less per year than Chief Executive Officers do.

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Popular Skills for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chief Executive Officers. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $116K per year. For Chief Executive Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $192K. Chief Executive Officers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $219K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $185,023

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief Executive Officers, 44 percent above the national average. Chief Executive Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Miami and 2 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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