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Chief Executives

Chief executives have the overall responsibility for the operation of the company or organization. A company's objectives and policies are established by the chief executive officer (CEO) in collaboration with other top executives. Chief executives create programs to reach the objectives they set. In large companies a chief executive meets often with subordinate executives to make sure that operations are performed in accordance to the set policies.

A CEO also facilitates business outside of the company. They oversee the budget and make sure that the company's resources are effectively used. A CEO is also involved in meetings with board and staff members in order to decide the level of support given to proposed programs. The chief executive officer reports to the board of directors.

Chief executives employed by the government encourage business investment, nominate citizens to boards and promote economic development for their community. Typically, they rely on skilled personnel to make sure the company operates effectively. However, in small companies chief executive officers usually perform a lot of the important tasks themselves.

Responsibilities

  • Support administration and operations of the Board by offering advice and information
  • Oversee design, promotion, marketing, delivery and the quality of products, services and programs
  • Manage the human resources of the company or organization
  • Recommend an annual budget for the Board's approval and manage the companies resources within the budget guidelines
  • Direct fundraising, planning and implementation
  • Ensure the company's objectives, products and services are presented in positive images to relevant stakeholders

Job Characteristics

A chief executive officer should have excellent communication, interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills. They should have an analytical mind and need to effectively work under the pressure to succeed.

Chief executive officers usually have spacious offices and a support staff. Most chief executive officers work more than a forty hour week. Chief executives typically have flexible schedules. Substantial travel is typically part of the occupation. They travel to international, national, regional and local offices in order to review operations and meet with staff, customers and other executives. They also attend meetings and conferences sponsored by associations.

Employment Outlook

The growth rate for top executives, including chief executives, is expected to grow 2% between 2006 and 2016. Since they are essential to the success of a company, their jobs are unlikely to be outsourced to other countries. Employment of top executives is not as connected to business growth when compared to most other occupations.

The growth of top executive jobs is projected to be faster than average in professional, scientific and technical services and employment is forecasted to decline for top executives in some manufacturing industries. Those with extensive managerial experience, notable accomplishments, and the proven ability to improve the efficiency and the competitive position of a company have the best employment opportunities.

Executives of large companies may earn hundreds of thousands to over a million dollars annually. Total compensation typically includes salary, performance bonuses and stock options.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

The education requirements for CEO's varies widely and depends a lot on the type of organization. Many chief executive officers have a bachelor's or a graduate degree in business administration, liberal arts or specialized areas. Top executive jobs are sometimes filled from within the company. Extensive management experience is often required.

Advancing a career can be accelerated by participating in company training programs. Learning the newest management techniques from training programs sponsored by industry and trade associations is also useful for career advancement. Some CEO's become members of the board of directors of one or more companies. They sometimes become the director of their own company.

Resources

Major Employers

The leading areas of employment are median to large corporations, nonprofit institutions and public sector organizations.

Schools for Chief Executives are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Chief Executives

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Chief Executives jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 340 N/A
Hoover 340 N/A
Huntsville 140 N/A
Mobile 120 N/A
Montgomery 80 N/A
Tuscaloosa 40 $157,600
Dothan 30 $138,430
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 490 $156,430
Fairbanks 100 $157,840
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 2780 $174,290
Mesa 2780 $174,290
Phoenix 2780 $174,290
Tucson 450 $126,770
Prescott 80 $110,130
Flagstaff 80 $136,650
Lake Havasu City 60 $77,790
Kingman 60 $77,790
Douglas 50 $117,700
Sierra Vista 50 $117,700
Yuma 50 $126,820
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jonesboro 100 $139,530
Pine Bluff 80 $42,630
Hot Springs 50 $123,970
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 11610 N/A
Los Angeles 11610 N/A
Long Beach 11610 N/A
Oakland 5080 N/A
Hayward 5080 N/A
San Francisco 5080 N/A
Arcade 2890 $124,910
Arden 2890 $124,910
Roseville 2890 $124,910
Sacramento 2890 $124,910
Carlsbad 2880 N/A
San Diego 2880 N/A
Santa Clara 2170 N/A
San Jose 2170 N/A
Sunnyvale 2170 N/A
Ontario 1950 $175,100
Riverside 1950 $175,100
San Bernardino 1950 $175,100
Oxnard 570 $184,200
Thousand Oaks 570 $184,200
Ventura 570 $184,200
Fresno 470 $156,700
Santa Rosa 420 N/A
Bakersfield 420 $176,720
Santa Maria 360 N/A
Santa Barbara 360 N/A
Stockton 320 N/A
Lodi 320 N/A
Modesto 270 $156,740
Paso Robles 220 $141,040
Arroyo Grande 220 $141,040
San Luis Obispo 220 $141,040
Watsonville 210 $146,290
Santa Cruz 210 $146,290
Salinas 210 $186,620
Vallejo 200 $140,480
Fairfield 200 $140,480
Porterville 150 N/A
Visalia 150 N/A
Napa 130 $171,880
Chico 120 $184,370
Redding 80 $122,470
Yuba City 80 $151,530
Merced 80 $161,840
Madera 70 N/A
Hanford 40 $118,930
Corcoran 40 $118,930
El Centro 40 $160,160
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 570 N/A
Aurora 570 N/A
Denver 570 N/A
Boulder 110 N/A
Greeley 40 $131,010
Fort Collins 30 N/A
Colorado Springs N/A $153,730
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 470 N/A
Stamford 470 N/A
Bridgeport 470 N/A
Hartford 460 N/A
East Hartford 460 N/A
West Hartford 460 N/A
New Haven 140 N/A
Waterbury 60 N/A
Danbury 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 140 N/A
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 5120 N/A
West Palm Beach 5120 N/A
Fort Lauderdale 5120 N/A
St. Petersburg 2460 N/A
Clearwater 2460 N/A
Tampa 2460 N/A
Sanford 1840 $168,650
Orlando 1840 $168,650
Kissimmee 1840 $168,650
Jacksonville 1080 N/A
Bradenton 510 N/A
Sarasota 510 N/A
North Port 510 N/A
Fort Myers 370 $178,650
Cape Coral 370 $178,650
Winter Haven 300 $175,310
Lakeland 300 $175,310
Titusville 280 $164,580
Palm Bay 280 $164,580
Melbourne 280 $164,580
Marco Island 270 N/A
Immokalee 270 N/A
Naples 270 N/A
Brent 230 $170,340
Pensacola 230 $170,340
Ferry Pass 230 $170,340
Tallahassee 200 $183,660
Port St. Lucie 190 $129,860
Daytona Beach 170 $171,780
Deltona 170 $171,780
Ormond Beach 170 $171,780
Gainesville 120 $152,480
Ocala 90 N/A
Destin 90 $131,690
Crestview 90 $131,690
Fort Walton Beach 90 $131,690
Panama City 90 $132,320
Vero Beach 60 $148,130
Sebastian 60 $148,130
The Villages 30 $118,390
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 6040 N/A
Sandy Springs 6040 N/A
Atlanta 6040 N/A
Savannah 260 $145,050
Gainesville 160 $173,750
Macon 150 $145,600
Athens 120 $128,210
Clarke County 120 $128,210
Valdosta 110 $110,830
Dalton 100 N/A
Albany 100 N/A
Warner Robins 70 $141,030
Rome 60 N/A
Brunswick N/A $29,970
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 1700 $142,510
Lahaina 180 $119,100
Wailuku 180 $119,100
Kahului 180 $119,100
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 430 $107,200
Idaho Falls 110 $120,100
Coeur d'Alene 100 $112,490
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 450 $151,630
Rockford 430 $140,890
Champaign 330 $133,510
Urbana 330 $133,510
Bloomington 310 $150,050
Decatur 160 $90,570
Kankakee 120 $151,470
Danville 100 $150,580
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 1640 $185,730
Carmel 1640 $185,730
Indianapolis 1640 $185,730
Fort Wayne 380 $119,240
Elkhart 200 N/A
Goshen 200 N/A
Columbus 160 N/A
Terre Haute 120 $126,020
Lafayette 90 $148,030
West Lafayette 90 $148,030
Bloomington 70 $103,650
Kokomo 50 $107,530
La Porte 50 $113,880
Michigan City 50 $113,880
Muncie 50 $120,880
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 620 N/A
Des Moines 620 N/A
Cedar Rapids 200 N/A
Cedar Falls 110 $168,500
Waterloo 110 $168,500
Iowa City 100 N/A
Dubuque 100 $145,900
Ames 60 $181,100
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 940 $129,790
Topeka 400 $145,760
Lawrence 110 $126,200
Manhattan 100 $139,810
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 560 $165,740
Fayette 560 $165,740
Bowling Green 90 $139,950
Fort Knox 70 $165,220
Elizabethtown 70 $165,220
Owensboro 50 $127,670
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 350 $147,290
New Orleans 250 $159,740
Metairie 250 $159,740
Shreveport 100 $156,780
Bossier City 100 $156,780
Lafayette 70 N/A
Houma 70 N/A
Thibodaux 70 N/A
Lake Charles 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 360 $144,230
Portland 360 $144,230
Bangor 70 $125,760
Auburn 70 $155,180
Lewiston 70 $155,180
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 910 $182,420
Towson 910 $182,420
Columbia 910 $182,420
Lexington Park 40 N/A
California 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 270 $141,510
Leominster 110 $146,780
Gardner 110 $146,780
New Bedford 110 $170,030
Pittsfield 70 $178,890
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 3710 N/A
Detroit 3710 N/A
Dearborn 3710 N/A
Wyoming 1150 $154,800
Grand Rapids 1150 $154,800
East Lansing 400 $140,790
Lansing 400 $140,790
Ann Arbor 360 $164,100
Portage 260 $133,940
Kalamazoo 260 $133,940
Flint 220 $183,230
Saginaw 210 $143,170
Battle Creek 120 $115,490
Jackson 120 $140,350
Niles 120 $159,890
Benton Harbor 120 $159,890
Muskegon 110 $170,070
Bay City 90 $156,330
Monroe 70 $122,740
Midland 40 $109,990
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 240 $156,490
North Mankato 160 $123,330
Mankato 160 $123,330
Rochester 160 $128,510
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 230 $134,370
Gulfport 110 $95,210
Pascagoula 110 $95,210
Biloxi 110 $95,210
Hattiesburg 60 $100,400
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 340 $138,600
Jefferson City 240 $161,960
Columbia 170 $124,320
Joplin 140 $114,300
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 90 $134,040
Billings 70 $121,250
Great Falls 50 $139,610
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 130 N/A
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 960 $170,050
Henderson 960 $170,050
Las Vegas 960 $170,050
Reno 240 $169,730
Carson City 40 $136,410
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 200 $140,450
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 100 $140,080
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 960 $131,310
Albany 960 $131,310
Schenectady 960 $131,310
Buffalo 820 $155,760
Niagara Falls 820 $155,760
Cheektowaga 820 $155,760
Rochester 770 $144,020
Syracuse 500 $129,730
Binghamton 180 $119,720
Rome 180 $127,340
Utica 180 $127,340
Watertown 100 $137,940
Fort Drum 100 $137,940
Kingston 90 $121,950
Glens Falls 90 $124,420
Ithaca 80 $116,150
Elmira 50 $114,820
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 590 N/A
High Point 350 N/A
Greensboro 350 N/A
Durham 350 N/A
Chapel Hill 350 N/A
Winston 350 N/A
Salem 350 N/A
Morganton 190 N/A
Hickory 190 N/A
Lenoir 190 N/A
Asheville 110 N/A
Greenville 80 $170,500
Wilmington 70 N/A
Rocky Mount 60 N/A
Burlington 50 N/A
Goldsboro 50 N/A
Fayetteville 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 250 $147,300
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1330 N/A
Cleveland 1250 N/A
Elyria 1250 N/A
Akron 470 N/A
Dayton 290 N/A
Toledo 290 $163,490
Canton 160 $181,600
Massillon 160 $181,600
Mansfield 50 $176,330
Lima 30 $123,120
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 2700 $155,240
Lawton 120 $91,040
Tulsa N/A $131,560
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 340 $138,010
Eugene 190 $118,350
Medford 70 $176,440
Redmond 60 $145,160
Bend 60 $145,160
Corvallis 50 N/A
Grants Pass 40 $124,440
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1920 N/A
Harrisburg 680 $133,310
Carlisle 680 $133,310
Hazleton 400 $149,350
Barre 400 $149,350
Wilkes 400 $149,350
Scranton 400 $149,350
Lancaster 390 $172,830
Hanover 270 N/A
York 270 N/A
Reading 250 $182,730
Erie 220 $171,260
State College 190 N/A
Williamsport 90 $182,370
Altoona 80 $175,850
East Stroudsburg 70 $132,680
Johnstown 60 $159,770
Lebanon 60 $184,240
Chambersburg 60 $185,070
Waynesboro 60 $185,070
Gettysburg 30 N/A
Bloomsburg 30 $162,070
Berwick 30 $162,070
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 2710 $81,560
Caguas 2710 $81,560
San Juan 2710 $81,560
Ponce 110 $91,150
Arecibo 90 $65,790
Mayag�ez 80 $71,340
Isabela 50 $76,710
Aguadilla 50 $76,710
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 1010 $172,040
Charleston 740 $146,020
North Charleston 740 $146,020
Mauldin 590 $148,970
Greenville 590 $148,970
Anderson 590 $148,970
Florence 150 $130,440
Spartanburg 120 $156,320
Bluffton 110 $115,120
Beaufort 110 $115,120
Hilton Head Island 110 $115,120
Sumter 30 $130,580
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 270 N/A
Rapid City N/A N/A
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 2230 $145,510
Davidson 2230 $145,510
Murfreesboro 2230 $145,510
Nashville 2230 $145,510
Knoxville 960 $159,500
Johnson City 120 $138,910
Jackson 110 $116,670
Cleveland 70 $129,420
Morristown 50 $113,750
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Houston 1990 N/A
The Woodlands 1990 N/A
Sugar Land 1990 N/A
Dallas 1950 N/A
Arlington 1950 N/A
Fort Worth 1950 N/A
Round Rock 590 $182,490
Austin 590 $182,490
New Braunfels 420 $177,340
San Antonio 420 $177,340
El Paso 120 N/A
Corpus Christi 100 $156,110
McAllen 90 $154,400
Edinburg 90 $154,400
Mission 90 $154,400
Midland 70 N/A
Beaumont 70 $137,810
Port Arthur 70 $137,810
Waco 60 $108,490
Killeen 60 $139,180
Temple 60 $139,180
Lubbock 60 $179,050
Harlingen 50 $123,960
Brownsville 50 $123,960
Tyler 50 $135,700
Odessa 40 N/A
Longview 40 $159,690
Amarillo 40 $160,350
Bryan 40 $161,930
College Station 40 $161,930
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 2410 $135,570
Provo 520 $148,020
Orem 520 $148,020
Ogden 430 $106,450
Clearfield 430 $106,450
St. George 90 $88,380
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 100 $185,990
Burlington 100 $185,990
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 770 N/A
Roanoke 160 $177,220
Charlottesville 150 $149,820
Lynchburg 140 $161,150
Radford 90 $108,440
Christiansburg 90 $108,440
Blacksburg 90 $108,440
Harrisonburg 60 N/A
Waynesboro 50 $164,090
Staunton 50 $164,090
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 3700 N/A
Bellevue 3700 N/A
Seattle 3700 N/A
Spokane Valley 480 $150,710
Spokane 480 $150,710
Kennewick 150 $150,740
Richland 150 $150,740
Bellingham 130 $123,080
Tumwater 130 $136,320
Olympia 130 $136,320
Yakima 120 $128,180
Silverdale 100 $146,710
Bremerton 100 $146,710
Longview 80 $130,230
Anacortes 80 $131,110
Mount Vernon 80 $131,110
Wenatchee 60 $140,960
Walla Walla 50 $73,760
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 250 $135,910
Morgantown 100 $156,990
Vienna 80 $92,710
Parkersburg 80 $92,710
Beckley 70 $87,710
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 1160 N/A
West Allis 1160 N/A
Milwaukee 1160 N/A
Madison 480 $139,530
Green Bay 220 $79,330
Oshkosh 90 $107,550
Neenah 90 $107,550
Eau Claire 80 $92,330
Sheboygan 70 $77,650
Racine 70 $121,600
Appleton 70 $129,960
Wausau 60 $110,190
Beloit 50 $144,910
Janesville 50 $144,910
Fond du Lac 40 $143,150

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Chief Executives

To find out more about building a career as Chief Executives, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Chief Executives

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 30,100 10% $94,260
Professional And Technical Services 30,080 10% N/A
Education 24,010 8% $123,970
Business Management 22,320 7% N/A
Office Services And Staffing 14,430 4% $157,700
Durable Goods Wholesale 11,120 3% N/A
Banking And Credit 9,580 3% N/A
Construction Trades 9,550 3% $142,850
Insurance 8,860 2% N/A
Medical Office 8,160 2% $146,070
Non-profit 6,770 2% $139,550
Hospital 6,480 2% N/A
Non-durable Goods Wholesale 6,440 2% N/A
Construction 6,290 2% N/A
Metal Products 5,650 1% $154,160
Social Service 4,860 1% $95,370
Machinery 4,510 1% $158,710
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 4,500 1% N/A
Electronics And Computer 4,310 1% N/A
Restaurant 3,980 1% $116,570
Securities And Investment 3,850 1% N/A
Nursing And Residential Care 3,550 1% $105,830
Chemicals 3,420 1% N/A
Real Estate 3,380 1% N/A
Traditional Publishing 3,130 1% N/A
Civil Engineering 3,060 1% $157,780
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