President and CEO Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $168K, slightly less than a third of overall earnings for President and CEOs arrives through commissions. Cash earnings for President and CEOs — which occasionally include more than $128K from bonuses and more than $111K from profit sharing — stretch from around $73K to approximately $383K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of President and CEOs (80 percent) who took the survey. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,131 - $304,653
$71K
$150K
$300K
MEDIAN: $151,701
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50%
90%

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$13.13 - $159.98
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$160
MEDIAN: $34.39
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$0$382K
Salary $71,131 - $304,653
Bonus $2,009 - $127,584
Profit Sharing $1,012 - $110,738
Commission $10,665 - $103,646
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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$72,940 - $382,502
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,393
Hourly Data $0$159
Hourly Rate $13.13 - $159.98
Hourly Tips $0.44
Overtime $4.90 - $78.91
Annual Data $0$382K
Bonus $2,009 - $127,584
Commission $10,665 - $103,646
Profit Sharing $1,012 - $110,738
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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$72,940 - $382,502
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 43

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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. More often than not, a President role is the next step for President and CEOs moving up in the field. Pay for Presidents is usually $153K. Many President and CEOs choose to take on a Chief Executive Officer role instead, where salaries are typically $170K.

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Popular Skills for President and CEO


President and CEOs seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know New Business Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Product Development and Strategic Planning are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 27 percent and 29 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Strategic Marketing, Operations Management, and Organizational Development. For most people, competency in Operations Management indicates knowledge of Sales Management and Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for President and CEO

Pay by Experience for a President and CEO has a positive trend. An entry-level President and CEO with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 203 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A President and CEO with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 318 salaries. An experienced President and CEO which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $160,000 based on 650 salaries. A President and CEO with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $206,000 based on 866 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $168,461

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For President and CEOs, Houston provides a pay rate that is 72 percent greater than the national average. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Wichita (+63 percent), Boston (+60 percent), Dallas (+54 percent), and Los Angeles (+48 percent). The lowest-paying market is Detroit, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Denver (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a President and CEO?

President and CEO in Indianapolis:
"Awesome pay rate; limited hours."
Pros: Awesome pay rate.
Cons: Limited available work for compensation.

President and CEO in Shreveport:
Pros: I am the Founder and I enjoy helping People.
Cons: Not be able to travel more, and make more money.

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Key Stats for President and CEO

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
53%
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Experience Affects President and CEO Salaries

▲22%

National Average
$168,000

▼5%

▼23%

▼39%

Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 21%
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