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Average pay: $254,643
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
75% in this career make more than: $138,499 $160,731
50% in this career make more than: $172,362 $217,123
25% in this career make more than: $219,043 $305,122
Top potential compensation (5% make more):   $2,572,344

10-year job growth: 14.87%
Total jobs 2004: 444,343
Forecast 2014: 510,419
Average annual growth (including new jobs and net replacement): 80,834

Career description
Determine and formulate policies and provide the overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within the 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.

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  Average salary
Chief Executives $254,643
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