Average pay for Chief of Staffs in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($102K). Cash earnings for Chief of Staffs — which occasionally include more than $40K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $58K to approximately $182K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief of Staffs. Women account for the majority of Chief of Staffs who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,961 - $162,706
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$59K
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MEDIAN: $101,656
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$7.93 - $77.52
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$58,961 - $162,706  
   
Bonus
$2,920 - $40,475  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,000  
Total Pay (?
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$58,215 - $182,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 557
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Hourly Rate
$7.93 - $77.52  
   
Overtime
$48.00  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,920 - $40,475  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,000  
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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$58,215 - $182,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Chief of Staff

A chief of staff is an executive manager who works under the immediate supervision of the highest management at a company — typically under a chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO), or senior vice president. The chief of staff acts as the eyes and ears of these high-level executives, attending meetings with department managers, coordinating among different areas of the business, and generally helping to implement the visions of senior executives within the rest of the company. The chief of staff essentially is a manager of managers for a board of executives, acting as a communications and organization conduit between the board and middle management.

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Chief of Staff Tasks

  • Provide executive-level support to top decision-makers and project managers.
  • May have a wide range of duties related to the health of the entire organization.
  • Provide leadership and effective management in all areas of staffing and personnel, administration, project completion.
  • Responsible for strategic project management at the highest level.

Common Career Paths for Chief of Staff


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Chief of Staffs sometimes assume positions such as VPs of Government Affairs. That role pays $137K per year on average. Chief of Staffs most often move into positions as Directors of Operations or Executive Directors. Directors of Operations actually earn $17K less on average, however, and Executive Directors earn $31K less per year than Chief of Staffs do.

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Popular Skills for Chief of Staff


Chief of Staffs report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Corporate Communications, Program Management, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 36 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Policy Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Marketing Communications and Human Resources also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Project Management also tend to know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief of Staff

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


Chief of Staffs generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced worker earns $85K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $99K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $126K. Chief of Staffs 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 $132K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $105,563

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For those looking to make money, Chief of Staffs in Hartford enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Chief of Staffs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Atlanta (+21 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (11 percent lower) and Baltimore (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Chief of Staff Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Chief of Staff Salaries

Corporate Communications
up arrow 42%

Program Management
up arrow 36%


Strategic Project Management
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$106,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 3%



Budget Management
up arrow 10%


Marketing Communications
up arrow 29%

Policy Analysis
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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