President and CEO Salary

President and CEOs receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $153K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for President and CEOs — as high as $104K, $96K and $94K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $72K to $354K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male President and CEOs far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$69,873 - $286,069

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$15.60 - $150.25

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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$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$69,873 - $286,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $103,702  
Profit Sharing
$1,989 - $96,298  
Commission
$0.00 - $94,393  
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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$72,025 - $354,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,707
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$15.60 - $150.25  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $64.81  
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$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $103,702  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $94,393  
Profit Sharing
$1,989 - $96,298  
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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$72,025 - $354,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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 large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as President and COO. Presidents and COOs on average make about as much 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 $7K 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 deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with New Business Development, Strategic Planning, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 20 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management, Marketing Management, and Sales. Most people experienced in Operations Management also 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $104K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $149K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $174K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $201K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, President and CEOs in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+28 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), Portland (+25 percent), and San Diego (+24 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average.

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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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Financial Analysis
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Team Leadership
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$174,000

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Business Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 524 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
56%

Common Health Benefits

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