Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salary

Chief Executive Officers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $155K annually. Total cash earnings of Chief Executive Officers range from $73K on the low end to $412K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $141K and $103K, respectively. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. There are far more male Chief Executive Officers survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,547 - $310,119

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$11.73 - $160.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$71,547 - $310,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $140,548  
Profit Sharing
$2,870 - $102,697  
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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$72,796 - $412,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,048
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $160.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.45  
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
$0.00 - $140,548  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $168,812  
Profit Sharing
$2,870 - $102,697  
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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$72,796 - $412,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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. 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 report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership, Business Strategy, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 15 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. For most people, competency in Leadership indicates knowledge of Operations Management and People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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


Chief Executive Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $188K. Chief Executive Officers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $213K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Chief Executive Officers that is 44 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chief Executive Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+15 percent). In Austin, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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 1145 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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