Chief of Staff Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief of Staffs in the United States, with median pay hovering around $99K per year. Total incomes of Chief of Staffs incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $39K from bonuses and close to $25K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $56K and $194K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Chief of Staffs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Chief of Staffs who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,904 - $168,820
(Median)
$56K
$99K
$170K
MEDIAN: $98,588
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$9.07 - $158.93
(Median)
$9
$34
$160
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$55,904 - $168,820  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $38,940  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $24,747  
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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$56,326 - $194,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 515
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $158.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $53.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $38,940  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $24,747  
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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$56,326 - $194,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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 wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Project Management, Strategic Planning, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Policy Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Corporate Communications and Media / Public Relations also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chief of Staffs. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $74K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $91K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $123K. 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 $129K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief of Staffs, 51 percent above the national average. Chief of Staffs will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+37 percent), New York (+22 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Minneapolis (+8 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Chief of Staff Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Chief of Staff Salaries

Strategic Project Management
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People Management
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National Average
$101,000

Project Management
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Marketing Communications
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Corporate Communications
up arrow 18%

Policy Analysis
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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