President and CEO Salary

President and CEOs in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $155K) surpassing six figures annually. The final incomes of President and CEOs generally vary between $73K and $373K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $119K, $103K, and $97K, respectively. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for President and CEOs is extremely high. Men account for the majority of President and CEOs who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$71,271 - $299,643
(Median)
$71K
$160K
$300K
MEDIAN: $155,174
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$15.55 - $149.60
(Median)
$16
$49
$150
MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$130K$260K$390K
Salary
$71,271 - $299,643  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $119,253  
Profit Sharing
$1,997 - $103,101  
Commission
$0.00 - $97,444  
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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$73,082 - $373,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,887
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $149.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $119,253  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $97,444  
Profit Sharing
$1,997 - $103,101  
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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$73,082 - $373,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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 sometimes move into a President and COO role, where the salary is similar. Many President and CEOs choose to become Presidents and Chief Executive Officers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $27K less and $10K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for President and CEO


President and CEOs seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, New Business Development, Leadership, and Business Strategy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 17 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management, Marketing Management, and Sales. Those familiar with Operations Management also tend to know Sales Management and Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for President and CEO

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of President and CEOs. The average beginner in this position makes around $106K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $151K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $175K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $206K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $178,774

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

For President and CEOs, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+25 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and San Diego (+23 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin.

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Experience Affects President and CEO Salaries


National Average
$179,000




Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries







Financial Analysis
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Business Development
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$179,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 531 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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