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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Chief Executive Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
50th Percentile Wage
$173,320
25th Percentile Wage
$110,760
10th Percentile Wage
$72,750

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chief executives. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $173,320. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $110,760. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $72,750. We note that in the United States, the median (50th percentile) annual salary is almost 138% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $173,320 1.00%
2013 $171,610 2.06%
2012 $168,140 0.74%
2011 $166,910 1.11%
2010 $165,080 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for chief executives from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 4.99%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 2.06%. We also note that the average annual wage had a small growth of 0.74% in 2012 and a small growth of 1.11% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Chief Executives vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Chief Executives
$173,320
General and Operations Managers
$97,270
Legislators
$20,180

Table 4. Chief Executive Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of chief executives in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for chief executives occupations is the retail trade sector with an annual salary $180,360. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $105,680).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Retail Trade
$180,360
Transportation and Warehousing
$170,080
Construction
$169,070
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$160,270
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$154,060
Health Care and Social Assistance
$144,880
Educational Services
$141,530
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$133,570
Accommodation and Food Services
$124,070
Federal, State, and Local Government
$105,680

Table 5. 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 $71,360 to $185,870. The highest paying state for chief executives is Pennsylvania with a median annual salary of $185,870. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $71,360. For more salary information of chief executives profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Pennsylvania
$185,870
New Hampshire
$183,940
South Dakota
$182,540
Ohio
$181,070
Georgia
$179,630
District of Columbia
$178,230
Vermont
$171,630
Oregon
$167,130
Minnesota
$165,470
Louisiana
$163,400
Indiana
$162,650
Wisconsin
$160,670
Nevada
$158,200
Illinois
$156,120
Michigan
$155,790
Alaska
$153,700
Arizona
$151,270
Iowa
$150,890
Kentucky
$145,920
North Dakota
$145,280
Tennessee
$143,210
Kansas
$142,310
South Carolina
$140,080
Hawaii
$137,450
Oklahoma
$131,160
Maine
$129,900
Missouri
$127,690
Virgin Islands
$125,000
Wyoming
$123,450
Utah
$120,920
Arkansas
$119,710
Idaho
$105,900
Mississippi
$101,450
Montana
$99,730
West Virginia
$96,580
Puerto Rico
$94,590
Guam
$71,360


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