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Chief Executive Salary Information in Kentucky

The average annual and hourly salaries for chief executives in the state of Kentucky are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of chief executives among Kentucky metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Chief Executives in Kentucky

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$67,700
25th Percentile Wage
$98,260
50th Percentile Wage
$131,990
75th Percentile Wage
$198,530
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chief executives in Kentucky in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $198,530. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $131,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $67,700.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of chief executives from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$131,990
-11.15% -2.35%
2016
$146,710
0.82% -
2015
$145,510
-0.28% -
2014
$145,920
0.86% -
2013
$144,670
6.62% -
2012
$135,090
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Chief Executives in Kentucky Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of chief executives in some Kentucky cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of chief executives in state of Kentucky ranges from $108,520 to $175,060. The highest paying area for chief executives in Kentucky is Elizabethtown with a median annual salary of $175,060. The second highest paying city/area in Kentucky State is Lexington-Fayette (mean annual salary $171,140). The lowest paying area is West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $108,520.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Elizabethtown
$175,060
Lexington-Fayette
$171,140
Evansville
$147,220
Owensboro
$145,360
Louisville-Jefferson County
$134,840
Bowling Green
$127,870
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$123,520
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$114,430
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$111,170
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$108,520




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