The 2013 CEO & Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies is the most comprehensive compensation benchmarking report of its kind, and provides extensive coverage of chief financial officer salary. Use this report to:
  • Help you craft chief financial officer salary compensation practices 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 the right CFO salary
  • Provide chief financial officer salary benchmarks on your own compensation relative to your peers
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The most comprehensive data on private company executive compensation

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

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Benchmark your company's compensation practices

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

  • Chief financial officer salary, other executive base salaries
  • CFO salary and bonuses
  • Chief financial officer salary and equity and options grants
  • CFO salary vs.benefits and perk packages
  • Chief financial officer salary and compensation policies and practices
  • CFO salary and change in compensation components from the prior year

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See how CFO salary varies based on a variety of factors

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

  • CFO salary and company annual revenue
  • Chief financial officer salary and number of employees
  • CFO salary and industry
  • Chief financial officer salary and geographic region
  • CFO salary and type of ownership: Family, Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Private Equity or V.C.
  • Chief financial officer salary and revenue growth
  • CFO salary and profitability margins
See compensation information for 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, in addition to CFO salary
  • Impact of equity grants on company growth and profitability in addition to chief financial officer salary
  • How shares and options in private companies are valued and administered in addition to CFO salary
  • What types of vesting plans exist and what are some key benchmarks and best practices in addition to CFO salary
Best Practices

This report will not only show you how comparable companies have structured their chief financial officer salary, but you will also learn the best practices for:

  • CFO salary and incentive compensation plans
  • Chief financial officer salary and equity awards
  • CFO salary and vesting strategies and triggers
  • Chief financial officer salary and retention practices
  • CFO salary and benefits packages
  • Chief financial officer salary and perquisite packages
  • CFO salary 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 CFO salary practices, benchmarking and aligning them to similar companies, and improving them to incentivize the CFO 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
  • 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.

  • Single user, single company license: $2,495 $1,995 - save $500 on the list price when you order directly through
  • Over 400 pages of data and best practices
  • Over 300 easy-to-read charts and graphs, along with comprehensive compensation data and benchmarks
  • Analysis and details of the most comprehensive data set for CEO and senior executive compensation available
Data and Site Licenses

We offer licenses to the data and multi-user licenses for the report. For more information please call Michael Bamberger at 203-930-2709 or e-mail

As the financial world becomes increasingly complex, it's vital to attract the best CFO possible. CFOs handle one of the most important roles in a firm, and having a skilled individual in this role is essential. With the rise of a global marketplace, the need and competition for top-notch talent has become intense. Consequently, attracting a great CFO means taking CFO salary into careful consideration.

Clearly, compensation level remains one of the most important aspects of recruiting a top CFO. Chief financial officer salary must stay at the forefront of the minds of all human resource and recruitment professionals. To date, Chief Executive Research has carefully surveyed 1,001 private companies to learn more about their executive pay practices including chief financial officer salary.

Those looking to learn more about chief financial officer salary will want to read Chief Executive Research's CEO and Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies. This informative report is full of information and insight on the question of CFO salary and more. The report includes a variety of valuable compensation analytics and clearly presents information designed to give you vital insight into chief financial officer salary requirements.

There's no substitute for knowledge. Thanks to Chief Executive Research's CEO and Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies, it's possible to gain impressive insight into CFO salary and a the compensation of many other management-level staff. Attracting the very best talent is critical. Armed with the right information, you can attract the kind of people you need, when you need them.

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