Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Salary (United States)

Chief Medical Officer in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary—around $288,448 per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chief Medical Officers. Job satisfaction for Chief Medical Officers is high. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Salary (?
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$154,421 - $359,710
MEDIAN: $256,925
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National Salary Data

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$154,421 - $359,710  
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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).
$167,794 - $413,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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Job Description for Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

  • Ensure the hospital remains in compliance with all government regulations, accreditation programs, and facility policies.
  • Coordinate with doctors and administration to monitor the quality of and continue to maintain standards of care.
  • Provide training for new doctors, and keep medical staff up to date on facility regulations and procedures.
  • Supervise the doctors and manage the health programs at a medical facility.
  • Attend meetings with the hospital’s board of directors and administration to discuss hospital improvements, policies, procedures, or other matters.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Chief Medical Officers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Six-figure salaries are typical for those just entering the industry—pay starts at $260,360 per year. Salary comes to $291,889 after 10 to 20 years. Chief Medical Officers experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $302,154. Chief Medical Officers with more than 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Chief Medical Officers that is 16 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chief Medical Officers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+13 percent) and Philadelphia (+11 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in Longview:
"Stay Focused."
Delegate. Take some time for yourself to unwind. Be lavish with your praise of the team. Laugh more often.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in El Centro:
"Internal Politics."
Be very aware of internal politics and relationships to be successful. Sometimes the content of knowledge is not what is needed to be successful but the relationships you gave are.

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 72 votes.


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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 9%
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