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Chief Executive Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for chief executives in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of chief executives among Washington 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$85,030
25th Percentile Wage
$121,110
50th Percentile Wage
$177,000
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chief executives in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $177,000. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $121,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $85,030.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40.88
25th Percentile Wage
$58.23
50th Percentile Wage
$85.10
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for chief executives in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The median hourly salary is $85.10. The average hourly salary of the 25th percentile is $58.23. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40.88.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of chief executives from 2012 to 2016. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2016.

YearMedian Salary Growth4-Year Growth
2016177,0001.08%-5.18%
2015175,090-6.33%-
2012186,170--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of chief executives in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of chief executives in state of Washington ranges from $109,390 to $205,070. The highest paying area for chief executives in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $205,070. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $201,080). The lowest paying area is Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $109,390.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$205,070
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$201,080
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$183,890
Tacoma
$162,760
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$160,870
Bremerton-Silverdale
$159,150
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$145,990
Longview
$139,530
Bellingham
$132,370
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$132,210
Yakima
$130,840
Olympia
$128,860
Spokane
$128,750
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$121,710
Lewiston
$118,450
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$114,620
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$110,380
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$109,390


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