What does a Chief Executive Officer do?

Chief executive officers are senior leaders of an organization and are commonly a company’s highest-ranking executive. They are accountable for giving final approval to major decisions and must take ownership of core organizational policies, philosophies, and values. They establish and guide the comprehensive vision and strategies. They establish and oversee budgets, lead upper-level management teams, and determine a response plan during periods of crisis or emergency. They frequently serve as the public “face” of the company and also serve as the liaison between the board of directors and the rest of the executive suite and general staff.

Chief executive officers commonly have an advanced degree such as an MBA, and an extensive background in senior-level management roles with significant responsibility. This position requires excellent leadership skills and the ability to manage multiple urgent and high priority matters simultaneously.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Chief Executive Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$141,480 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $141K
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Chief Executive Officer Career Path

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Cascade Health ServicesCascade Health Services
President &CEO
Aug 26, 2021

“Our medical insurance is top notch but it is not inexpensive (we're working on that diligently)”

Lighter CapitalLighter Capital
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Feb 15, 2021

“We all genuinely care about our customers and recognize that its an enormous privilege to work with visionary founders.”

IluMas TechnologiesIluMas Technologies
Oct 17, 2020

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

Apr 13, 2021

“I worked with Microsoft for 7 years and it was indeed a great pleasure working for them.”

Feb 20, 2021

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

Amped HQAmped HQ
Chief Executive Officer
May 11, 2021

“A lot of career progression opportunities and support structures for professional growth and personal development.”

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Jul 21, 2020

“It is a startup so you really need to stick with the team to have a great career options”

Database Consultants AustraliaDatabase Consultants Australia
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Aug 10, 2022

“Great opportunity for those who want to really forge a career in one of the most dynamic innovative industries”

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