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President and CEO Salary

Wages for President and CEOs in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($153K) per year. Total cash compensation to President and CEOs bottoms out near $71K and approaches $355K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $113K from bonuses and almost $98K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of President and CEOs (84 percent) who took the survey. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$68,246 - $283,633
(Median)
$68K
$150K
$280K
MEDIAN: $152,750
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$15.55 - $149.33
(Median)
$16
$51
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MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$68,246 - $283,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $113,151  
Profit Sharing
$2,061 - $97,820  
Commission
$0.00 - $91,486  
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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$70,802 - $354,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,729
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $149.33  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $113,151  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $91,486  
Profit Sharing
$2,061 - $97,820  
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).
)
$70,802 - $354,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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Job Description for President and CEO

Individuals serving simultaneously as presidents and chief executive officers (CEOs) run a company's high-level operations. They are in charge of all employees, make decisions that affect overall workflow, and make strategic decisions related to the company's goals and strategies. Presidents and CEOs are generally expected to increase/maintain profitability and serve as the company's public representative. They typically work in an office setting during regular business hours, although they may work overtime (for example, during the end of the fiscal year).

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President and CEO Tasks

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate managers.
  • Determine company policies and business strategies and provide overall direction of private sector organizations.

Common Career Paths for President and CEO


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President and CEOs' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like President and COO. On average, Presidents and COOs get paid about the same as President and CEOs do. President and CEOs most often move into positions as Chief Executive Officers or Construction Project Managers. Chief Executive Officers actually earn $6K less on average, however, and Construction Project Managers earn $104K less per year than President and CEOs do.

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Popular Skills for President and CEO


President and CEOs report using a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know New Business Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Strategic Planning and Business Strategy are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 17 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Marketing Management, Project Management, and Sales. Those proficient in Operations Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Strategic Planning and Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for President and CEO

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $106K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $152K. For President and CEOs, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $174K. President and CEOs who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $200K.

Pay Difference by Location


President and CEOs will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 58 percent. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), Portland (+25 percent), and San Francisco (+25 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia.

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Experience Affects President and CEO Salaries



National Average
$174,000



Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries



Business Strategy
up arrow 17%


Senior Financial Management
up arrow 14%



Team Leadership
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Business Development
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National Average
$174,000

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 5%

Budget Management
up arrow 7%

up arrow 10%


Marketing Management
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 592 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 15%
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