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Chief Executive Officer in the United States

How much does a Chief Executive Officer earn in the United States? The average Chief Executive Officer salary in the United States is $792,493 as of March 28, 2019, but the range typically falls between $611,065 and $985,289. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target.  View Cost of Living in Major Cities

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Job Description

Responsible for the short and long-term profitability and growth of the company. Organizes leadership and staff to meet strategic goals. Ensures appropriate governance and controls. Identifies and delivers value to stakeholders. May require an advanced degree or its equivalent. Top level or C level management. Responsible for the development of functional or business unit strategy for the entire organization. Defines corporate vision and strategy establishes company direction and focus. Executes multiple high impact initiatives to achieve overall corporate goals. Typically requires 15+ years of related experience.

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