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Chief of Staff Salary

Chief of Staffs in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Chief of Staffs, overall income ranges from $54K near the bottom to $197K at the top; this can include more than $37K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Chief of Staffs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Chief of Staffs survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,236 - $170,040
(Median)
$54K
$99K
$170K
MEDIAN: $99,008
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$9.07 - $158.93
(Median)
$9
$34
$160
MEDIAN: $34.00
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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$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$54,236 - $170,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $36,973  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $24,832  
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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$53,842 - $196,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 497
National Hourly Rate 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$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $158.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $53.67  
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$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $36,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $24,832  
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).
)
$53,842 - $196,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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 leadership and effective management in all areas of staffing and personnel, administration, project completion.
  • Responsible for strategic project management at the highest level.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Chief of Staff


Survey results suggest that Chief of Staffs use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Project Management, Strategic Planning, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 15 percent. Those listing Policy Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Corporate Communications and Media / Public Relations also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Project Management indicates knowledge of Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief of Staff

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $74K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $91K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $124K. Chief of Staffs with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $131K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Chief of Staffs, 50 percent higher than the national average. Chief of Staffs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+36 percent), New York (+22 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Chief of Staff Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Chief of Staff Salaries

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 15%



People Management
up arrow 2%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$101,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 18%

Policy Analysis
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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