President and CEO Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (slightly less than a third on average) of overall compensation for President and CEOs, and the median take-home for this group lies near $173K. In the world of President and CEOs, overall income ranges from $75K near the bottom to $388K at the top; this can include more than $127K from bonuses and more than $115K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. President and CEOs who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,992 - $308,012
$72K
$150K
$310K
MEDIAN: $153,068
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$13.88 - $129.50
$14
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$130
MEDIAN: $35.00
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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
$71,992 - $308,012  
   
Bonus
$2,051 - $126,634  
Profit Sharing
$1,004 - $115,149  
Commission
$6,787 - $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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$74,617 - $388,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $129.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44  
Overtime
$4.93 - $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
$2,051 - $126,634  
   
Commission
$6,787 - $103,646  
Profit Sharing
$1,004 - $115,149  
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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$74,617 - $388,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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.

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. President and CEOs most frequently become Presidents and Chief Executive Officers even though median compensation is $20K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for President and CEO


Survey results imply that President and CEOs deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know New Business Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Product Development and Strategic Planning are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 23 percent and 26 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 who know Operations Management also know 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: $173,203

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

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for President and CEOs, 67 percent higher than the national average. President and CEOs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Wichita (+59 percent), Boston (+56 percent), Dallas (+50 percent), and Los Angeles (+44 percent). Detroit ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are San Diego and Denver (8 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 218 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
54%
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Experience Affects President and CEO Salaries

▲19%

National Average
$173,000

▼8%

▼25%

▼41%

Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 218 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
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 20%
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