Chief of Staff Salary

Compensation for Chief of Staffs in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($100K). Total cash compensation for Chief of Staffs runs from $56K to $192K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $41K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief of Staffs. More than half of Chief of Staffs (67 percent) survey participants are women. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. 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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90%

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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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. 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $80K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $91K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $124K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $139K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,069

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

For those looking to make money, Chief of Staffs in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Chief of Staffs will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+46 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Chief of Staff's salary, with Los Angeles Chief of Staffs earning salaries that are 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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