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Chief of Staff Salary

A Chief of Staff earns an average salary of $99,286 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Operations Management and Strategic Planning.
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$50,754 - $168,475
MEDIAN: $99,286

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$302.01 - $24,468  
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$49,543 - $192,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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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.


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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Experience Affects Chief of Staff Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief of Staff Salaries

Project Management
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People Management

National Average

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 2%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 4%

Corporate Communications
up arrow 19%

Policy Analysis
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.


60 %
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%