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President and CEO Salary

Generous salaries abound for President and CEOs in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($153K) per year. With bonuses occasionally running north of $112K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $99K, and a few commissions as high as $91K, total income for President and CEOs can range between $71K and $356K according to individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most President and CEOs are happy with their jobs. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. President and CEOs who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 84 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$68,210 - $286,841
(Median)
$68K
$150K
$290K
MEDIAN: $152,840
10%
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90%

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$15.53 - $149.67
(Median)
$16
$54
$150
MEDIAN: $53.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$68,210 - $286,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $111,559  
Profit Sharing
$2,034 - $98,633  
Commission
$0.00 - $91,486  
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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$71,009 - $356,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,753
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$15.53 - $149.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $111,559  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $91,486  
Profit Sharing
$2,034 - $98,633  
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).
)
$71,009 - $356,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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 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. A lot of President and CEOs advance their careers by becoming Chief Executive Officers and Construction Project Managers. However, those positions offer $6K less and $104K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for President and CEO


President and CEOs seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with New Business Development, Business Strategy, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Marketing Management, Project Management, and Sales. For most people, competency in Operations Management indicates knowledge of 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.


President and CEOs generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $107K. On average, President and CEOs make $174K following one to two decades on the job. President and CEOs who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $200K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for President and CEOs that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+28 percent), Portland (+25 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and San Francisco (+23 percent). In Philadelphia, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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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Team Leadership
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Business Development
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National Average
$174,000

Financial Analysis
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Budget Management
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Marketing Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 579 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

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