Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

11-1011 Chief Executives

Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
255,940 0.6 % $85.02 $176,840 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $36.65 $52.86 $80.84 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $76,220 $109,940 $168,140 (5) (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 21,600 1.08 $101.02 $210,120
Local Government (OES Designation) 17,270 0.32 $53.18 $110,600
Elementary and Secondary Schools 12,910 0.16 $65.88 $137,030
Depository Credit Intermediation 7,170 0.41 $85.28 $177,390
State Government (OES Designation) 6,790 0.31 $52.44 $109,080

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 270 1.13 $92.70 $192,810
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 180 1.09 $103.02 $214,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 21,600 1.08 $101.02 $210,120
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,190 0.93 $82.27 $171,110
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 3,460 0.82 $84.09 $174,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 1,160 0.26 $111.55 $232,020
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 120 0.30 $110.80 $230,470
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 370 0.26 $109.88 $228,540
Other Financial Investment Activities 1,910 0.54 $108.71 $226,130
Software Publishers 1,090 0.38 $108.22 $225,100


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 28,820 2.01 1.03 $94.74 $197,060
Illinois 20,980 3.72 1.89 $78.06 $162,370
New York 18,160 2.13 1.08 $93.91 $195,330
Massachusetts 12,630 3.94 2.01 $94.29 $196,130
Florida 12,610 1.73 0.88 $93.29 $194,050




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 5,010 7.67 3.90 $88.93 $184,980
Tennessee 10,520 3.96 2.02 $73.90 $153,720
Massachusetts 12,630 3.94 2.01 $94.29 $196,130
Illinois 20,980 3.72 1.89 $78.06 $162,370
Oklahoma 5,370 3.51 1.79 $68.24 $141,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,780 1.10 0.56 $101.00 $210,070
Delaware 450 1.10 0.56 $98.54 $204,950
Rhode Island 350 0.77 0.39 $96.50 $200,710
North Carolina 3,260 0.84 0.43 $96.34 $200,380
California 28,820 2.01 1.03 $94.74 $197,060





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 13,580 3.73 1.90 $84.87 $176,520
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,610 1.86 0.95 $106.53 $221,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,640 3.69 1.88 $95.25 $198,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,330 2.15 1.10 $102.60 $213,400
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,740 4.52 2.30 $98.00 $203,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 7,390 3.27 1.66 $96.28 $200,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,370 3.64 1.85 $88.74 $184,580
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,010 2.20 1.12 $98.06 $203,960
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,890 3.05 1.55 $78.23 $162,710
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 3,600 4.83 2.46 $77.69 $161,600