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Chief Executive Officer

Find out how to become a chief executive officer and work in the management industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Chief Executive Officer is $171,000 - 305,200 annually


Chief executive officers are the highest-ranking officers in a company and make the most important and far reaching corporate decisions. Employment for chief executive officers to 2019 is expected to remain stable. Employment in this very large occupation fell over the last five years.

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Key skills

Chief executive officers oversee the policies and direction of an organisation as requested by governing bodies such as a board of directors.

  • Act as a liaison between a board of directors and corporate management
  • Use decision making and management skills to set the tone and standards for an organisation
  • Control large budgets and authorise resources to meet organisational requirements
  • Oversee the performance of an organisation and create strategies to improve this
  • Be responsible for the preparation of budgeting and forecasting reports
  • Represent and present an organisation to the public as required

Quick facts

Working as a chief executive officer will allow you to use your information and people skills to make decisions and coordinate the expertise of others to solve problems.

  • Average Hours Worked
    47.6 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; manufacturing; and other industries
  • Average qualification level
    30% Bachelor degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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