Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for President and CEOs. The median take-home amount in this area is around $176K, and on average, just under one in three of that final number comes from commissions. Overall cash earnings for President and CEOs stretch from $74K on the lower end to $389K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $123K from bonuses and $117K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience 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. Job satisfaction for President and CEOs is extremely high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$71,583 - $307,899
(Median)
$72K
$150K
$310K
MEDIAN: $154,388
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$12.43 - $77.73
(Median)
$12
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$78
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
$71,583 - $307,899  
   
Bonus
$1,548 - $123,027  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $116,748  
Commission
$9,863 - $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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$73,819 - $388,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,828
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$12.43 - $77.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44  
Overtime
$2.50 - $65.00  
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
$1,548 - $123,027  
   
Commission
$9,863 - $101,367  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $116,748  
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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$73,819 - $388,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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. President and CEOs most frequently become Presidents and Chief Executive Officers even though median compensation is $23K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for President and CEO


President and CEOs report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, New Business Development, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 15 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Strategic Marketing and Fundraising also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed in 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.


President and CEOs with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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. On average, President and CEOs make $172K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $207K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $175,935

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

Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for President and CEOs, 47 percent higher than the national average. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+42 percent), Boston (+40 percent), San Francisco (+39 percent), and Chicago (+31 percent). President and CEOs in Phoenix make 32 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Austin (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects President and CEO Salaries


National Average
$176,000




Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries





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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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