Salary for Chief Executives

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Also known as:  CEO, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Commissioner of Internal Revenue, COO, County Commissioner, Government Service Executive, Governor, Mayor helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Chief Executives have the unique and complex responsibility of managing a company while maintaining a level of involvement both with their workforce and with investors, clients, and other managers and executives. Typically the day-to-day tasks that fall on a Chief Executive's shoulders include establishing policies and company guidelines, directing business ventures and meeting with key players within and outside of the organization, setting and maintaining the company budgets, and manage each individual department's needs as they arise. As the highest management level role in any company, Chief Executives often receive bonuses, stock options, and work-related perks that may or not be financially based.

A Chief Executive earns salaries somewhere between $62,780 to $208,000 based on the level of experience. will normally receive average salaries of one hundred and ninety-seven thousand eight hundred and fourty dollars on an annual basis.

obtain the most salary in South Dakota, where they can get average wages of close to about $259,430. Professionals that work in these jobs obtain the highest pay in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they receive average wages of $248,610.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 50.44 percent nationwide in that time.


Chief Executives tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Finance and Insurance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Public Administration
Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Retail Trade
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