How much does a Chief Executive Officer make in the United States? The average Chief Executive Officer salary in the United States is $836,545 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $632,139 and $1,077,838. 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. 

Chief Executive Officer Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $446,037 US March 26, 2024
25th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $632,139 US March 26, 2024
50th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $836,545 US March 26, 2024
75th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $1,077,838 US March 26, 2024
90th Percentile Chief Executive Officer Salary $1,297,522 US March 26, 2024
25% $632,139 10% $446,037 90% $1,297,522 75% $1,077,838 $836,545 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Chief Executive Officer need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Leadership: Knowledge of and ability to employ effective strategies that motivate and guide other members within our business to achieve optimum results.


Health Care: Health care or healthcare is the improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, amelioration, or cure of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people.


Mental Health: Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

Leadership 15.08%
Health Care 1.14%
Mental Health 0.91%
Others 82.87%

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 2024 View full job description

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Chief Executive Officer salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Chief Executive Officer, the highest Chief Executive Officer salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Chief Executive Officer salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Chief Executive Officer salary is in Miami, FL, where the Chief Executive Officer salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

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
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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