Chief of Staff Salary

Average pay for Chief of Staffs in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($103K). Total cash compensation for Chief of Staffs runs from $58K to $182K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $40K and profit sharing that can reach almost $16K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Female Chief of Staffs survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. For the most part, Chief of Staffs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$58,752 - $163,831
$59K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $102,549
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$8.00 - $77.00
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MEDIAN: $30.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$58,752 - $163,831  
   
Bonus
$2,018 - $39,903  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,547  
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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$58,237 - $182,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 576
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $77.00  
   
Overtime
$48.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,018 - $39,903  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,547  
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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$58,237 - $182,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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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While not commonly seen, Chief of Staffs who transition into a VP of Government Affairs position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Government Affairs is $137K per year. A lot of Chief of Staffs advance their careers by becoming Directors of Operations and Executive Directors. However, those positions offer $18K less and $32K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Chief of Staff


Chief of Staffs seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategy, Corporate Communications, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 71 percent, 40 percent, and 36 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 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $87K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $101K. On average, Chief of Staffs make $126K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $132K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $106,536

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

For Chief of Staffs, Hartford provides a pay rate that is 56 percent greater than the national average. Chief of Staffs will also find cushy salaries in Richmond (+23 percent), New York (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers in Denver and Baltimore also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Chief of Staff

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Chief of Staff Salaries

▲24%

▲19%

National Average
$107,000

▼5%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Chief of Staff Salaries

Strategy
▲71%

Corporate Communications
▲40%

Program Management
▲36%



National Average
$107,000



Financial Analysis
▼2%






Marketing Communications
▼30%

Policy Analysis
▼34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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