A good CEO helps an organization meet its goals, improves profits, makes shareholders happy, and is worth his or her weight in gold. Unfortunately, bad CEOs seem to be worth their weight in gold too. And the really, really bad ones are paid astronomical amounts for the inconvenience of being fired. With this sky-high median salary, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect pay-for-performance. Find out more about other executive and management jobs.
Like CEOs, nurses are also immune to pay-for-performance. But that’s where the similarity ends. While CEOs spend their days in corner offices, nurses spend their days in hospital rooms where they draw blood, change bedpans, clean up body fluids, change bandages, and deal with lots of grumpy people -- both sick patients and stressed-out docs. It’s an important job and, fortunately, one that most don’t do for the money.