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Chief Executive Salary Information

The salary statistics of chief executives are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of chief executives within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The chief executives annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Chief Executive Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$68,110
25th Percentile Wage
$113,470
50th Percentile Wage
$183,270
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chief executives. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $183,270. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $113,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $68,110. It is noted that in the United States, the median (50th percentile) annual salary is almost 169% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$183,270
1.12% 8.26%
2016
$181,210
3.37% -
2015
$175,110
1.02% -
2014
$173,320
0.99% -
2013
$171,610
2.02% -
2012
$168,140
- -

Table 2. Chief Executive Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of chief executives in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for chief executives occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $204,450. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $106,630).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$204,450
Utilities
$201,590
Manufacturing
$201,290
Transportation and Warehousing
$185,010
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$183,150
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$183,130
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$181,320
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$174,770
Mining
$168,580
Retail Trade
$167,880
Construction
$167,250
Health Care and Social Assistance
$160,940
Accommodation and Food Services
$160,430
Educational Services
$151,280
Federal, State, and Local Government
$106,630

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Chief Executives by States

From the above tables we note that not only chief executives salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of chief executives in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $76,560 to $207,620. The highest paying state for chief executives is Nevada with a median annual salary of $207,620. The lowest paying state is Idaho with a median annual salary of $76,560. For more salary information of chief executives profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Nevada
$207,620
Georgia
$206,210
Massachusetts
$205,560
Connecticut
$204,430
Illinois
$201,580
Pennsylvania
$200,750
Maryland
$199,750
District of Columbia
$198,450
Alabama
$196,460
Ohio
$190,560
Colorado
$189,040
Louisiana
$186,470
Texas
$185,930
Delaware
$185,880
South Dakota
$182,540
Florida
$182,360
Washington
$177,040
Hawaii
$171,050
Minnesota
$169,880
Michigan
$167,450
Arizona
$166,300
Missouri
$164,040
Iowa
$163,570
New Hampshire
$163,210
Oregon
$160,090
South Carolina
$158,850
Alaska
$152,840
Utah
$148,090
Kansas
$146,110
Wyoming
$132,320
Kentucky
$131,990
West Virginia
$128,200
North Dakota
$128,020
Oklahoma
$123,410
Tennessee
$123,170
Indiana
$122,610
Wisconsin
$121,090
Maine
$116,800
Vermont
$112,760
Virgin Islands
$110,990
Montana
$107,670
Arkansas
$105,930
Guam
$99,100
Mississippi
$97,470
Puerto Rico
$94,410
Idaho
$76,560



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