The 2013 CEO & Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies, which discusses average CEO salary, is the most comprehensive compensation benchmarking report of its kind. Use this report to:
  • Help you craft CEO salaries that motivate and reward the right activities, attitudes and outputs by your executive team
  • Enable you to attract and retain the right senior talent with appropriate CEO salaries
  • Provide CEO salary benchmarks on your own compensation relative to your peers
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The most comprehensive data on private company executive compensation including average CEO salary

Chief Executive Research has gathered compensation and best practices data from 1,101 private companies, with over 2,600 data points covering the current salary of CEOs and other types of executive compensation. This is the most comprehensive proprietary dataset for private company CEO salaries and executive compensation ever collected. Be confident using our guide as the definitive source of benchmarking and CEO salary best practices data.

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Benchmark your company's compensation practices

Benchmark your company's CEO salary and executive compensation practices vs. other companies of comparable size and profile in terms of:

  • Base Salary of CEO
  • Average CEO salary and bonuses
  • CEO salaries against equity and options grants
  • Benefits and perk packages on top of the base salary of CEO
  • Average CEO salary and compensation policies and practices
  • Change in salary of CEO and compensation components from the prior year

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See how average CEO salary varies based on a variety of factors

Learn how the absolute dollar amounts and mix of compensation components vary by:

  • CEO salaries and the company's annual revenue
  • Number of employees and the salary of CEO
  • CEO salaries in the industry
  • Salary of CEO by geographic region
  • Average CEO salary by type of ownership: Family, Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Private Equity or V.C.
  • CEO salary and revenue growth
  • Profitability margins with the salary of CEO
See compensation information including the salary of CEOs and other top senior executives

This report provides the most detailed compensation data and practices for 10 executive titles in private companies available, including:

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chairman
  • President
  • Senior Operations Executive (COO, GM, VP Operations)
  • Senior Finance Executive (CFO, VP Finance)
  • Senior Marketing Executive (CMO, VP Marketing)
  • Senior Sales Executive (CSO, VP Sales)
  • Senior Information Technology Executive (CTO, CIO)
  • Senior Research/Engineering Executive (Chief Scientist/Engineer, VP R&D/Engineering)
  • Senior Human Resources Executive (Human Resources Director, VP Human Resources)
Benchmark equity compensation plans
  • How much equity comparable companies give to key executives by position, company size, type of ownership, including the average CEO salary
  • Impact of equity grants on CEO salaries, company growth and profitability
  • How shares and options on top of the salary of CEOs in private companies are valued and administered
  • What types of vesting plans exist and what are some key benchmarks and best practices for CEO salary
Salary of CEO Best Practices

This report will not only show you how comparable companies have structured their CEO salaries, but you will also learn the best practices for:

  • CEO salary and incentive compensation plans
  • Equity awards with CEO salaries
  • Salary of CEO and vesting strategies and triggers
  • CEO salary and retention practices
  • Average CEO salary and benefits packages
  • Perquisite packages and CEO salary
  • Salary of CEO and cost/benefits of various compensation levers
Who should buy this report?

The data in this research report is an invaluable tool for evaluating your company's CEO salary and compensation practices, benchmarking and aligning them to average CEO salary, and improving them to incentivize the CEO and senior executive team to perform.

Among those who would benefit from this report are:

  • Private and public company CEOs
  • Boards of Directors and Chairman of the Boards
  • Company owners
  • CFOs
  • Senior HR executives
  • Private equity firms
  • Venture capital firms
  • Executive search professionals
  • Business valuation consultants and lawyers involved in business valuation
  • CEO salary and compensation consultants

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Pricing and Purchasing

The complete CEO & Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies is shipped as a two volume research report.

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  • Over 400 pages of data and best practices including CEO salaries
  • Over 300 easy-to-read charts and graphs, along with comprehensive compensation data and average CEO salary benchmarks
  • Analysis and details of the most comprehensive data set for CEO salaries and senior executive compensation available
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The Impact of CEO Salary

Finding the very best talent possible is more important than ever; it's critical to a company's survival and growth. In an increasingly competitive global market, it's necessary to have the most qualified and most motivated people in every senior role of an organization – and to do this you need a good read on CEO salaries. Compensation is one of the most important factors in drawing top managers, and human resources and recruitment professionals need in-depth knowledge of CEO salary trends. Chief Executive Research has surveyed 1,001 private companies on their executive pay practices.

Chief Executive Research's CEO and Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies gives you insightful information into average CEO salary and how the salary of a CEO breaks down across the spectrum. Full of a range of insightful analytics and easy to understand information, this report gives ample, detailed information into what CEOs expect in terms of compensation, and what that means for your business and future plans.

The CEO and Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies dives into the compensation for a wide variety of private companies and their employees. If you want a full understanding of average CEO salary, then this is the report you need to guide your hiring process and enhance your overall understanding of the senior-level compensation.

The salary of a CEO can impact performance, and that, of course, can impact a company's bottom line. There is no replacement for experience, but the value of motivation cannot be underestimated. When a company hones in on the appropriate CEO salary, it can maximize its chances to attract and keep senior level talent. Nothing beats knowing the market for talent.

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