What does a Chief Executive do?

Executives direct, plan, and coordinate operational activities for their organization or company and are generally responsible for creating the policies and strategies that meet company goals. They often travel to meetings and conferences and visit regional, local, national, or international branches and offices. They strive to cut costs and improve policies, programs, and performance. Executives analyze sales reports, financial statements, and oversee general activities that make up the company’s mission. They're responsible for budgets and financial activities and are involved in approving or negotiating contracts and agreements and hire other managers or department heads.

Executives establish and carry out departmental goals, policies, and procedures and oversee the organization's financial and budgetary activities. They also consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations, negotiate or approve contracts and agreements, and appoint department heads and managers. Executives need a minimum bachelor's degree and a significant amount of prior work experience in related occupations and licenses, certifications, and registrations when necessary.

Education--
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Chief Executive make?

Confident
$243,958 /yr
Total Pay
$160,539
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$83,420
 /yr

Additional Pay

$243,958

 / yr
$92K$1M
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Chief Executive Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

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2 - 4
75%
5 - 7
0%
8+
25%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Chief Executive Insights

Read what Chief Executive professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Heal Software IncHeal Software Inc
Executive
Apr 14, 2020

“Fantastic and friendly environment and I have an amazing team with the good mentor to guide.”

NTUC FairpriceNTUC Fairprice
Senior Executives
Aug 19, 2021

“If you have a good boss then things could be good but it’s rare.”

Premiere Digital ServicesPremiere Digital Services
Senior Executive
Mar 17, 2021

“Premiere is one of the most welcoming and inclusive organisations I have joined in my career.”

XebiaXebia
Executive
Aug 17, 2021

“The way I used to get the response at time my interview was great and I really appreciate this.”

TeleperformanceTeleperformance
Executive
May 24, 2022

“Adapting to work in night shifts was challenging however it was quite interesting and helped me gain knowledge and flexibility.”

Gao Ji FoodGao Ji Food
Executive
Jun 21, 2021

“In recent years there are new managers here that are understanding and nice to work with.”

ABCABC
Executive
Jul 30, 2021

“Best company to work and I will recommend to join.the best part is its management which is very supportive in nature”

CapitaCapita
Executive
Oct 25, 2020

“4. Good salary and best part is salary payment is done on second last working day”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of executives

Executives are the top employees of companies. They're responsible for overseeing the operations, finances, and general direction of a business, corporation, or organization. The typical day of an executive may include leading meetings, analyzing business reports, and working on company policies.

Executives oversee companies of various sizes, so their work environment varies. Executives spend a lot of time in the office, but one advantage of becoming an executive is getting to travel to different locations to meet with partner companies and oversee business operations.

Executives get paid well. The average pay for an executive in the U.S. is $243,958 per year. While executives of the largest national corporations make considerably more, most executives can expect salaries between $91,618 per year and $1,208,625 per year.

Executives report to the board of directors and need to take responsibility for the direction and success of the company, even when things aren't working out. Working as an executive often means being available outside of business hours to solve problems.

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