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.

EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
4.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Chief Executive Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$12,750 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $13K
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Chief Executive Officer Career Path

Learn how to become a Chief Executive Officer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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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)”

Fletchers SolicitorsFletchers Solicitors
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
27 Sep 2021

“Our mantra is wise/kind/strong and as a leadership team we do our level best to live by this”

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.”

20 Feb 2021

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

13 Apr 2021

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

IluMas Technologies
17 Oct 2020

“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.”

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”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a chief executive officer

When working as a chief executive officer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Leadership, Jewish, Consulting, Public Speaking and Microsoft Office Suite.

The most similar professions to chief executive officer are:
  • President
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Cfo
  • Senior Leadership

The most common qualifications to become a chief executive officer is a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.