How much does a Chief Executive Officer make in the United States? The average Chief Executive Officer salary in the United States is $830,338 as of September 25, 2023, but the range typically falls between $627,767 and $1,069,643. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Based on HR-reported data: a national average with a geographic differential
Chief Executive Officer Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $443,338 US September 25, 2023
25th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $627,767 US September 25, 2023
50th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $830,338 US September 25, 2023
75th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $1,069,643 US September 25, 2023
90th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $1,287,518 US September 25, 2023
25% $627,767 10% $443,338 90% $1,287,518 75% $1,069,643 $830,338 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
Change Search Criteria
Check out Chief Executive Officer jobs in Ashburn, Virginia

Chief Financial Officer

Transportation Federal Credit Union - Alexandria, VA

Chief Strategy and Impact Officer

Meals on Wheels America - Arlington, VA

Chief Executive Officer

Fairfax Radiology Centers, LLC - Fairfax, VA

Job Description for Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the short and long-term profitability and growth of the company. Organizes leadership and staff to meet strategic goals. Being a Chief Executive Officer ensures appropriate governance and controls. Identifies and delivers value to stakeholders. Additionally, Chief Executive Officer may require an advanced degree or equivalent. Typically reports to a board of directors. Responsible for the development of functional or business unit strategy for the entire organization. Defines corporate vision and strategy establishes company direction and focus. Executes multiple high impact initiatives to achieve overall corporate goals. (Copyright 2023 View full job description

Employers: Job Description Management Tool

See user submitted job responsibilities for Chief Executive Officer.

Job Openings for Chief Executive Officer
Those that have already made the climb...
Jonathan E. Johnson III, Chief Executive Officer and Director (principal executive officer), Inc. operates as an online retailer in the United States and internationally. It operates through Retail and tZERO segments. The company offers furniture; and home decor, including rugs, bedding and bath, home improvement, kitchen items, and other related products. It also operates Worldstock Fair Trade,... More
Fiscal Year Ended in 2022
Not the job you're looking for? Search more salaries here:

Are you an HR manager or compensation specialist?'s CompAnalyst platform offers:

  • Detailed skills and competency reports for specific positions
  • Job and employee pricing reports
  • Compensation data tools, salary structures, surveys and benchmarks.
Learn about CompAnalyst
City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

Take just three simple steps below to generate your own personalized salary report

Step 1 of 3

Understand the total compensation opportunity for a Chief Executive Officer, base salary plus other pay elements

Average Base Salary

Core compensation


Average Total Cash Compensation

Includes base and annual incentives

These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Chief Executive Officer in the United States. The base salary for Chief Executive Officer ranges from $627,767 to $1,069,643 with the average base salary of $830,338. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $868,846 to $2,096,390 with the average total cash compensation of $1,347,551.
Step 2 of 3

Discover how your pay is adjusted for skills, experience, and other factors

How much should you be paid?

For a real-time salary target, tell us more about your role in the four categories below.



Step 3 of 3

How much should you be paid?

View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

Skills associated with Chief Executive Officer: Regulatory Environment, Presentations/Presenting, Risk Management, Financial Performance Evaluation ...More

Recently searched related titles: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Non-Profit Organization, Chairman

Recently searched companies with related titles : Savers CEO, AARP Foundation CEO

Salary estimation for Chief Executive Officer at companies like : Mason Management Holdings LLC, Ben-Pat Institute, Mervyn M Dymally School of Nursing