Chief of Staff Salary

On average, Chief of Staffs in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($103K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. With some bonuses approaching $38K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $24K, overall incomes of Chief of Staffs spread between $58K and $179K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Chief of Staffs (67 percent) who took the survey are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,034 - $162,134
$58K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $102,086
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90%

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$8.30 - $58.30
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$27
$58
MEDIAN: $27.00
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$0$175K
Salary $58,034 - $162,134
Bonus $1,987 - $34,897
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $24,808
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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$56,745 - $175,813
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 680
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $8.30 - $58.30
Overtime $41.70
Annual Data $0$175K
Bonus $1,987 - $34,897
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $24,808
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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$56,745 - $175,813
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 23

Job Description for Chief of Staff

A chief of staff is an executive manager who works under the immediate supervision of the highest management at a company — typically under a chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO), or senior vice president. The chief of staff acts as the eyes and ears of these high-level executives, attending meetings with department managers, coordinating among different areas of the business, and generally helping to implement the visions of senior executives within the rest of the company. The chief of staff essentially is a manager of managers for a board of executives, acting as a communications and organization conduit between the board and middle management.

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Chief of Staff Tasks

  • Provide executive-level support to top decision-makers and project managers.
  • May have a wide range of duties related to the health of the entire organization.
  • Provide leadership and effective management in all areas of staffing and personnel, administration, project completion.
  • Responsible for strategic project management at the highest level.

Common Career Paths for Chief of Staff


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Chief of Staffs do not often transition into VP of Government Affairs roles. The role averages $138K per year. Chief of Staffs most often move into positions as Executive Directors or Directors of Operations. Executive Directors actually earn $32K less on average, however, and Directors of Operations earn $18K less per year than Chief of Staffs do.

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Popular Skills for Chief of Staff


Chief of Staffs seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategy, Corporate Communications, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 71 percent, 39 percent, and 36 percent, respectively. Those listing Policy Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Marketing Communications and Human Resources also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Project Management also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief of Staff

Pay by Experience for a Chief of Staff has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief of Staff with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 193 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief of Staff with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 212 salaries. An experienced Chief of Staff which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 231 salaries. A Chief of Staff with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $135,000 based on 106 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,127

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

Chief of Staffs will find that Hartford offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 58 percent. Chief of Staffs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+31 percent), Denver (+27 percent), New York (+22 percent), and San Francisco (+20 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Chief of Staffs in Atlanta earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (18 percent lower) and Baltimore (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Chief of Staff

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Chief of Staff Salaries

▲30%

▲22%

National Average
$104,000

▼2%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Chief of Staff Salaries

Strategy
▲75%

Corporate Communications
▲43%

Program Management
▲39%




Budget Management
▲3%


Financial Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$104,000





Marketing Communications
▼28%

Policy Analysis
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 8%