President and CEO Salary

President and CEOs in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $155K) surpassing six figures annually. Overall incomes of President and CEOs — including $119K bonuses, $103K profit sharing proceeds, and $97K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $73K and $373K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of President and CEOs who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$71,271 - $299,643
(Median)
$71K
$160K
$300K
MEDIAN: $155,174
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$15.55 - $149.60
(Median)
$16
$49
$150
MEDIAN: $48.00
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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
$71,271 - $299,643  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $119,253  
Profit Sharing
$1,997 - $103,101  
Commission
$0.00 - $97,444  
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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$73,082 - $373,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,887
National Hourly Rate 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$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $149.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.25  
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
$0.00 - $119,253  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $97,444  
Profit Sharing
$1,997 - $103,101  
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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$73,082 - $373,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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 Presidents or Chief Executive Officers, but the median salaries are $27K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for President and CEO


Survey results imply that President and CEOs deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, New Business Development, Leadership, and Business Strategy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 17 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management, Marketing Management, and Sales. Those familiar with Operations Management also tend to know 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.


For many President and CEOs, more experience generally translates to higher pay. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $106K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. President and CEOs see a median salary of $175K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $206K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $178,774

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

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for President and CEOs, 61 percent higher than the national average. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+25 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and San Diego (+23 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin.

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Experience Affects President and CEO Salaries


National Average
$179,000




Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries







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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 531 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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