Average President and CEO Salary

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The average salary for a President and CEO is $156,584.
MEDIAN $156,584
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$74k - $310k
$4k - $138k
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$1k - $101k
$3k - $97k
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$75k - $394k

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Job Description for President and CEO

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for President and CEO

Career Paths

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President and CEO
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Executive Director
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for President and CEO

Skills in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Business Strategy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for President and CEO

An entry-level President and CEO with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $91,563 based on 10 salaries. An early career President and CEO with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $112,755 based on 153 salaries. A mid-career President and CEO with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $126,636 based on 231 salaries. An experienced President and CEO with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $151,388 based on 625 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $180,176.
Employees with President and CEO in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 51.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (45.2% more) and Los Angeles, California (40.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (8.3% less).

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