Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Compensation

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the principal executive in many private organizations. Many CEOs also hold the title of Chairman and President. While each private company defines these roles differently, the CEO is almost always the primary leader for the strategy and operations of an organization.

Below are highlights from the data collected for the 2013-2014 CEO & Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies. The compensation numbers are for our entire dataset of over 1,100 private companies. For more detailed benchmarks, please see the full report.

Benchmarks and Compensation Information

Median 2012 Base Salary: $250,000
Median 2012 Bonus as % of Base Salary: 20-35%
Highest Paid Industries: Real Estate/Property Management, Financial/Insurance, Energy/Utility/Oil/Gas


Comparison to Other Senior Executives


Detailed Benchmarks and Best Practices

For detailed information and benchmarks on base salaries, bonuses, equity grants and gains, benefits, perks, and company compensation policies and practices and how these elements vary by company size, industry, ownership type, geographic region, and other key variables, please see the full 2013-2014 CEO & Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies.

CEO salary and total CEO pay are important components of a company’s executive compensation strategy. It is important that CEO salary is competitive and that the total composition of CEO pay provides incentives for performance. Chief Executive Officer salary concerns are popular topics for mainstream media, but for private companies, it is a strategic concern to make sure the company is in the best possible position to succeed.