Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Salary (United States)

Salaries for Chief Medical Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($288,448) per year. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $154,421 on the lower end to $359,710 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $100K from bonuses and upwards of $50K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Male Chief Medical Officers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. 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

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.
$154,421 - $359,710  
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$0.00 - $50,000  
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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)

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Chief Medical Officers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Six-figure salaries are typical for those just entering the industry—pay starts at $260,360 per year. Compensation is $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. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are hardest to find.

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). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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Common Health Benefits

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