Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salary

Average pay for a Chief Executive Officer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $155K per year. Total cash compensation to Chief Executive Officers approaches anywhere from $73K on the lower end to $410K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $140K from bonuses and upwards of $103K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Chief Executive Officers are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$71,532 - $308,943
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$72K
$160K
$310K
MEDIAN: $155,350
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$11.68 - $162.19
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$12
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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
$71,532 - $308,943  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $139,774  
Profit Sharing
$2,896 - $102,522  
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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$72,766 - $410,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,040
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $162.19  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.45  
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 - $139,774  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $168,812  
Profit Sharing
$2,896 - $102,522  
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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$72,766 - $410,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 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 choose to become Non-Profit Chief Executive Officers and Non-Profit Executive Directors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $83K less and $122K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Chief Executive Officers seem to wield many 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 educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chief Executive Officers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $117K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $153K. Chief Executive Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $187K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $213K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Chief Executive Officers, New York provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. Chief Executive Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+33 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Portland (+15 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 1177 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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