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Chief of Staff Salary (United States)

Chief of Staffs in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $101K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses approaching $34K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $21K, overall incomes of Chief of Staffs spread between $48K and $186K depending on individual performance. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Women make up the majority of Chief of Staffs (61 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief of Staffs. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Chief of Staff Salary (?
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$48,722 - $167,116
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
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$48,722 - $167,116  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $33,744  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $20,685  
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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).
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$48,201 - $186,466  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 426
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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

Chief of Staffs report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 16 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Policy Analysis and Strategic Project Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those educated in Project Management tend to be well versed in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief of Staff

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Chief of Staffs, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $72K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $88K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $123K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $136K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. The largest share of Chief of Staffs have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$101,000
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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief of Staffs, 61 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Atlanta, New York, Boston, and San Francisco, where Chief of Staffs annually earn 53 percent, 19 percent, 17 percent, and 14 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 8 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

People Management
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$101,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%