President and CEO Salary

President and CEOs enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($152K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation to President and CEOs approaches anywhere from $73K on the lower end to $383K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $124K from bonuses and upwards of $110K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. The vast majority of President and CEOs (81 percent) who took the survey are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,583 - $304,234
$71K
$150K
$300K
MEDIAN: $152,269
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$13.88 - $129.50
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$130
MEDIAN: $38.57
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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
$70,583 - $304,234  
   
Bonus
$1,932 - $124,287  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $110,000  
Commission
$7,047 - $99,329  
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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$73,063 - $383,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,729
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
$13.88 - $129.50  
   
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
$1,932 - $124,287  
   
Commission
$7,047 - $99,329  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $110,000  
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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$73,063 - $383,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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

  • Determine company policies and business strategies and provide overall direction of private sector organizations.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate managers.

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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. A lot of President and CEOs advance their careers by becoming Presidents and Chief Executive Officers. However, those positions offer $19K less and $2K 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 Strategic Planning, New Business Development, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 20 percent, and 16 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of President and CEOs. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $103K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. President and CEOs bring in $160K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $206K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $171,490

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

For President and CEOs, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. President and CEOs will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+48 percent), Washington (+46 percent), Houston (+46 percent), and Los Angeles (+34 percent). Detroit ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for President and CEO

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 235 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
52%
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Experience Affects President and CEO Salaries

▲20%

National Average
$171,000

▼6%

▼25%

▼40%

Skills That Affect President and CEO Salaries



▲16%




Senior Financial Management
▲2%

National Average
$171,000


Financial Analysis
▼5%


Budget Management
▼11%


Fundraising
▼23%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

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: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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