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President and CEO Salary (United States)

Six-figure salaries are the norm for President and CEOs in the United States, with median pay hovering around $172K per year. In the world of President and CEOs, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $113K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $97K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $71K and $352K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. The vast majority of President and CEOs (85 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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President and CEO Salary (?
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$67,473 - $279,276
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $151,414
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President and CEO Salary (?
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$15.66 - $149.50
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MEDIAN: $57.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$67,473 - $279,276  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $113,154  
Profit Sharing
$2,460 - $96,875  
Commission
$0.00 - $88,190  
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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$70,548 - $351,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,643
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$15.66 - $149.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $63.86  
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.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $113,154  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $88,190  
Profit Sharing
$2,460 - $96,875  
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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$70,548 - $351,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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 may not see a large difference in pay if they transition into an upper level President and COO position. Presidents and COOs on average do not make much more than President and CEOs. President and CEOs most frequently advance into Chief Executive Officer and Construction Project Manager roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $102K lower, respectively.

President and CEO Job Listings

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Popular Skills for President and CEO

Survey results imply that President and CEOs deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Senior Financial Management, Business Strategy, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 20 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Marketing Management, Project Management, and Sales. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent 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.
President and CEOs with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $110K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $150K. President and CEOs see a median salary of $171K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $197K.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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Dallas
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Minneapolis
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National Average
$172,000
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With a pay rate for President and CEOs that is 56 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Portland (+27 percent), and San Diego (+24 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Philadelphia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects President and CEO Salaries

National Average
$172,000

Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries

Senior Financial Management
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Business Strategy
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People Management
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Strategic Marketing
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Team Leadership
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Sales Management
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Business Development
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National Average
$172,000
Financial Analysis
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Budget Management
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Marketing Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 660 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
57%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 15%