Chief of Staff Salary

Salaries for Chief of Staffs in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Cash earnings for Chief of Staffs — including $41K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $56K to $192K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Chief of Staffs survey participants are largely women, dominating at 67 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$56,640 - $171,315
(Median)
$57K
$100K
$170K
MEDIAN: $100,040
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$11.25 - $100.00
(Median)
$11
$34
$100
MEDIAN: $33.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$56,640 - $171,315  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,885  
Profit Sharing
$248.21 - $19,933  
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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$56,373 - $192,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 625
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.25 - $100.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,885  
   
Profit Sharing
$248.21 - $19,933  
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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$56,373 - $192,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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.

Common Career Paths for Chief of Staff


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Many Chief of Staffs move into Director of Operations roles. Directors of Operations seem to make a little less than Chief of Staffs as their salaries average out to $88K a year.

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Popular Skills for Chief of Staff


Survey results imply that Chief of Staffs deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Program Management, Strategic Planning, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 13 percent, and 8 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. Most people experienced in Project Management also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief of Staff

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chief of Staffs. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $80K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $91K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $124K on average. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $139K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,069

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Chief of Staffs in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chief of Staffs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+46 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). Chief of Staffs in Los Angeles take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 40 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Denver (19 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chief of Staff Salaries



National Average
$103,000



Skills That Affect Chief of Staff Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 26%



Strategic Project Management
up arrow 2%

People Management
0%

National Average
$103,000

Project Management
up arrow 3%


Corporate Communications
up arrow 13%

Executive Support
up arrow 18%

Human Resources
up arrow 22%

Budget Management
up arrow 22%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 27%

Policy Analysis
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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