What does a CEO 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

CEO Salaries

Average Base Pay

$300,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$93K
Median: $300K
$1M
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CEO Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
4%
2 - 4
32%
5 - 7
32%
8+
32%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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CEO Insights

Read what CEO professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Cascade Health ServicesCascade Health Services
President &CEO
26 Aug 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)
15 Feb 2021

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

IluMas Technologies
CEO-Founder
17 Oct 2020

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

MicrosoftMicrosoft
CEO-Founder
13 Apr 2021

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

Webornet.ComWebornet.Com
CEO-Founder
20 Feb 2021

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

Amped HQAmped HQ
Chief Executive Officer
11 May 2021

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

BluBrandzBluBrandz
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
21 Jul 2020

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

Value Connect
CEO-Founder
16 Dec 2021

“not the best place to work if you're not great at solving your own problems or taking calculated risks.”

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CEO Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a CEO

The most similar professions to CEO are:
  • President
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Cfo
  • Senior Leadership

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President
$300,000
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Chief Operating Officer
$240,000
No skills overlap
Cfo
$65,500
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Senior Leadership
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