President and CEO Salary

Salaries for President and CEOs in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($153K) per year. Overall incomes of President and CEOs — including $112K bonuses, $98K profit sharing proceeds, and $91K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $71K and $355K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of President and CEOs (85 percent) survey respondents are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$68,588 - $285,118
(Median)
$69K
$150K
$290K
MEDIAN: $152,664
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$15.55 - $149.33
(Median)
$16
$51
$150
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
$68,588 - $285,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $111,856  
Profit Sharing
$2,067 - $98,289  
Commission
$0.00 - $90,675  
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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$71,035 - $355,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,696
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 - $111,856  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $90,675  
Profit Sharing
$2,067 - $98,289  
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).
)
$71,035 - $355,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 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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As President and CEOs make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level President and COO position pays around the same amount as the President and CEO job on average. President and CEOs most frequently become Chief Executive Officers and Construction Project Managers even though median compensation is $6K lower and $104K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for President and CEO


President and CEOs report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with New Business Development, Business Strategy, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Marketing Management, Project Management, and Sales. Those familiar with Operations Management also tend to know 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. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $106K per year. President and CEOs with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $173K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $200K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 54 percent, President and CEOs in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. President and CEOs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+26 percent), Portland (+25 percent), and San Francisco (+21 percent). With compensation 10 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
$174,000




Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries


Business Strategy
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Senior Financial Management
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Business Development
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$174,000

Financial Analysis
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Marketing Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 609 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

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: 43% employee benefits None: 15%