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. Overall compensation packages to President and CEOs range from $74K on the low end to $387K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $127K and profit sharing that approaches $108K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $101K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (81 percent) of President and CEOs who answered the questionnaire are male. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most President and CEOs are happy with their jobs. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,886 - $306,108
$71K
$150K
$310K
MEDIAN: $152,681
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$12.84 - $110.49
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MEDIAN: $36.44
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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
$70,886 - $306,108  
   
Bonus
$2,469 - $126,507  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $108,496  
Commission
$7,047 - $101,367  
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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$73,726 - $386,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,585
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $110.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44  
Overtime
$5.21 - $78.30  
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
$2,469 - $126,507  
   
Commission
$7,047 - $101,367  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $108,496  
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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$73,726 - $386,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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

  • Determine company policies and business strategies and provide overall direction of private sector organizations.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate managers.

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As President and CEOs transition into upper-level roles like Presidents and COOs, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Presidents and COOs earn the same amount as President and CEOs on average. President and CEOs most frequently advance into President and Chief Executive Officer roles even though the median salaries are $19K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for President and CEO


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know New Business Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Product Development and Strategic Planning are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 24 percent and 27 percent. Those listing Strategic Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Operations Management and Organizational Development also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Operations Management also 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.


For many President and CEOs, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 $102K per year. President and CEOs bring in $160K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $206K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $172,325

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

Surpassing the national average by 68 percent, President and CEOs in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Wichita (+60 percent), Boston (+57 percent), Dallas (+51 percent), and Los Angeles (+45 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Detroit is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (8 percent lower) and Denver (7 percent lower).

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Key Stats for President and CEO

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 219 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
53%
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Experience Affects President and CEO Salaries

▲20%

National Average
$172,000

▼7%

▼25%

▼41%

Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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