Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salary (United States)

A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) earns an average salary of $151,290 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Team Leadership, Business Strategy, and Leadership.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Total Pay (?
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$68,668 - $303,730
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MEDIAN: $151,289
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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Total Pay (?
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$11.70 - $152.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$68,668 - $303,730  
   
Bonus
$1.34 - $130,366  
Profit Sharing
$3,931 - $119,878  
Commission
$0.00 - $194,888  
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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$71,000 - $404,001  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,366
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $152.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $101.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$1.34 - $130,366  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $194,888  
Profit Sharing
$3,931 - $119,878  
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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$71,000 - $404,001  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,366
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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.
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Experience Affects Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salaries

National Average
$175,000

Skills That Affect Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Salaries

Team Leadership
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Strategic Marketing
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National Average
$175,000
People Management
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Gender
Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
45%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 15%
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