President and CEO Salary

Average pay for President and CEOs in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($152K). Total cash compensation to President and CEOs approaches anywhere from $72K on the lower end to $351K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $104K from bonuses and upwards of $97K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male President and CEOs survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most President and CEOs are happy with their jobs. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$69,044 - $280,888
(Median)
$69K
$150K
$280K
MEDIAN: $152,387
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90%

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$15.53 - $149.67
(Median)
$16
$54
$150
MEDIAN: $53.00
10%
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
$69,044 - $280,888  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $103,635  
Profit Sharing
$1,998 - $97,266  
Commission
$0.00 - $96,354  
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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$71,538 - $351,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,717
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$15.53 - $149.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.69  
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 - $103,635  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $96,354  
Profit Sharing
$1,998 - $97,266  
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).
)
$71,538 - $351,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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President and CEOs' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like President and COO. On average, Presidents and COOs get paid about the same as President and CEOs do. Many President and CEOs advance into roles as Chief Executive Officers or Construction Project Managers, but the median salaries are $6K lower and $104K lower, 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. Lucky workers who know New Business Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Strategic Planning and Business Strategy are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 18 percent and 26 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management, Marketing Management, and Sales. The majority of those who know 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.


President and CEOs who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $103K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $150K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $173K in this role. President and CEOs who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $200K.

Pay Difference by Location


President and CEOs will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Portland (+25 percent), and Seattle (+24 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Philadelphia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents 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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Financial Analysis
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National Average
$174,000

Business Development
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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 548 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: 43% employee benefits None: 15%
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