President and CEO Salary

Average pay for a President and CEO in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $153K per year. Cash earnings for President and CEOs — which occasionally include more than $104K from bonuses and more than $97K from profit sharing — stretch from around $72K to approximately $352K. Career length 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. The vast majority (84 percent) of President and CEOs who answered the questionnaire are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$69,581 - $281,646
(Median)
$70K
$150K
$280K
MEDIAN: $152,530
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$15.55 - $150.75
(Median)
$16
$57
$150
MEDIAN: $57.00
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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
$69,581 - $281,646  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $103,887  
Profit Sharing
$1,990 - $96,958  
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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$72,040 - $352,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,702
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
$15.55 - $150.75  
   
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 - $103,887  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $96,354  
Profit Sharing
$1,990 - $96,958  
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).
)
$72,040 - $352,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like President and COO. The two jobs pay about the same on average. President and CEOs most frequently become Chief Executive Officers and Construction Project Managers even though median compensation is $7K lower and $104K 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 New Business Development, Strategic Planning, and Business Strategy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management, Marketing Management, and Sales. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent in Strategic Planning, Sales Management, and Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for President and CEO

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $105K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $150K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $174K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $200K.

Pay Difference by Location


For President and CEOs, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+26 percent), Portland (+24 percent), and Seattle (+23 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Austin 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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Operations Management
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Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 540 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 15%
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