Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for chief executive officers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 42,356 chief executive officers currently employed in the United States.
  • 31.5% of all chief executive officers are women, while 68.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed chief executive officer is 51 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of chief executive officers is White (76.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (7.9%), Asian (7.8%) and Unknown (3.9%).
  • Chief executive officers are most in-demand in Los Angeles, CA.
  • The start-up industry is the highest-paying for chief executive officers.
  • 12% of all chief executive officers are LGBT.

Chief Executive Officer Statistics By Gender

31.5% of chief executive officers are women and 68.5% of chief executive officers are men.

  • Male, 68.5%
  • Female, 31.5%

Chief Executive Officers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male68.5%
Female31.5%

Gender Pay Gap For Chief Executive Officer

Women Earn 87¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$179,012
female-income
Female Income
$155,320

Chief Executive Officer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the chief executive officer position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Chief Executive Officer Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201075.51%24.49%
201175.31%24.69%
201274.62%25.38%
201373.30%26.70%
201472.76%27.24%
201572.49%27.51%
201671.90%28.10%
201772.26%27.74%
201872.10%27.90%
201969.54%30.46%
202068.46%31.54%
202168.47%31.53%

Chief Executive Officer Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, district commercial superintendent and street superintendent have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Administrative Assistant To General Manager9%91%
Manager Stylist9%91%
Salon Manager12%88%
Chief Executive Officer68%32%
General Superintendent97%3%
Street Superintendent97%3%
District Commercial Superintendent98%2%

Chief Executive Officer Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among chief executive officers is White, which makes up 76.0% of all chief executive officers. Comparatively, there are 7.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.8% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 76.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.9%
  • Asian, 7.8%
  • Unknown, 3.9%
  • Black or African American, 3.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.6%

Chief Executive Officer Race

Chief Executive Officer RacePercentages
White76.0%
Hispanic or Latino7.9%
Asian7.8%
Unknown3.9%
Black or African American3.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.6%

Chief Executive Officer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among chief executive officers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Chief Executive Officer Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201082.53%3.41%5.90%6.36%
201182.72%3.81%5.53%5.97%
201281.96%3.74%6.07%6.44%
201382.22%3.55%6.17%6.17%
201482.25%3.68%5.81%6.50%
201582.19%3.54%5.80%6.49%
201681.85%3.45%6.37%6.33%
201780.49%3.61%6.90%6.90%
201879.99%3.45%7.10%7.21%
201981.12%3.16%6.84%6.98%
202077.74%3.64%7.30%7.29%
202175.99%3.81%7.76%7.90%

Chief Executive Officer Wage Gap By Race

White chief executive officers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american chief executive officers have the lowest average salary at $171,681.
$187,000
$184,000
$181,000
$178,000
$175,000
$172,000
$169,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$175,653
White$185,754
Black or African American$171,681
Asian$184,012
Hispanic or Latino$178,339

Average Age of a Chief Executive Officer

We determined the average age of chief executive officers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Chief Executive Officer Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American5352
Unknown5149
Asian4948
Hispanic or Latino5046
White5352
American Indian and Alaska Native5248

Chief Executive Officer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of chief executive officer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of chief executive officers is 40+ years old, which represents 89% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Chief Executive Officer Age

Chief Executive Officer YearsPercentages
40+ years89%
30-40 years11%
20-30 years0%

Types of Chief Executive Officer Degree Levels

The most common degree for chief executive officers is bachelor's degree 59% of chief executive officers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 19% and rounding it off is associate degree with 11%.

  • Bachelors, 59%
  • Masters, 19%
  • Associate, 11%
  • Doctorate, 4%
  • Other Degrees, 7%

Chief Executive Officers By Education

Chief Executive Officer DegreePercentages
Bachelors59%
Masters19%
Associate11%
Doctorate4%
Other Degrees7%

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Chief Executive Officer Wage Gap By Education

Chief executive officers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $227,205 annually. With a Doctorate degree, chief executive officers earn a median annual income of $227,163 compared to $204,443 for chief executive officers with an Bachelors degree.
$230,000
$214,000
$198,000
$182,000
$166,000
$150,000
$134,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$227,205
Bachelor's Degree$204,443
Doctorate Degree$227,163
Some College/ Associate Degree$149,580

Chief Executive Officer Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where chief executive officers work. We found most chief executive officers work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most chief executive officers is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire chief executive officers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Chief Executive Officer Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees9%
50 - 100 employees21%
100 - 500 employees25%
500 - 1,000 employees5%
1,000 - 10,000 employees17%
> 10,000 employees23%

The Types Of Companies Chief Executive Officer Work In

Employees with the chief executive officer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most chief executive officers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Chief Executive Officer Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education5%
Public24%
Private67%
Government5%

Top Industries Hiring Chief Executive Officers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ chief executive officers. Those industries include health care, technology and professional.

Health Care

Fortune 500

Technology

Professional

Start-up

Chief Executive Officer Turnover And Employment Statistics

Chief Executive Officer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of chief executive officers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Chief Executive Officer Unemployment Rate By Year

YearChief Executive Officer Unemployment Rate
20104.37%
20113.53%
20123.04%
20132.67%
20142.12%
20151.80%
20161.98%
20171.88%
20181.65%
20191.72%
20202.10%
20212.06%

The Average Number of Years That Chief Executive Officer Stay in a Job

By looking over 38,525 chief executive officers resumes, we figured out that the average chief executive officer enjoys staying at their job for 11+ years for a percentage of 24%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Chief Executive Officer Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year8%
1-2 years23%
3-4 years16%
5-7 years19%
8-10 years10%
11+ years24%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Chief Executive Officers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to chief executive officers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Administrative Manager7.93%42,602
Senior Project Coordinator8.41%111,729
Relationship Manager9.38%72,920
District Manager & Store Manager9.63%355,092
Chief Executive Officer11.54%-
Payroll/Human Resource Manager13.02%48,899
Promotion Manager14.95%8,515

Chief Executive Officer LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Administrative Manager7.93%42,602
Senior Project Coordinator8.41%111,729
Relationship Manager9.38%72,920
District Manager & Store Manager9.63%355,092
Payroll/Human Resource Manager13.02%48,899
Promotion Manager14.95%8,515

Foreign Languages Spoken By Chief Executive Officers

The most common foreign language among chief executive officers is Spanish at 40.0%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.3% and German is the third-most popular at 7.5%.

  • Spanish, 40.0%
  • French, 12.3%
  • German, 7.5%
  • Chinese, 4.7%
  • Portuguese, 4.6%
  • Other, 30.9%

Chief Executive Officer Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish40.0%
French12.3%
German7.5%
Chinese4.7%
Portuguese4.6%
Other30.9%

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Chief Executive Officer Heatmaps

Where Do Chief Executive Officers Earn The Most?

Chief executive officers earn the most in Hawaii, where the average chief executive officer salary is $191,313. The map here shows where chief executive officers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Chief Executive Officers?

By looking through more than 38,525 resumes, we found that the most popular places for chief executive officers are New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

Number of Chief Executive Officers

Number Of Chief Executive Officer Jobs By State

Where Are Chief Executive Officers In High Demand?

Chief executive officers are in high demand in Los Angeles, CA. There are currently 15 job openings for chief executive officers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country chief executive officers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Chief Executive Officer Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Chief Executive Officers Are Female?

32.5% of chief executive officers are female in the United States. This is 2.7 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female chief executive officers has increased by 6.2 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 12,580 female chief executive officers in the U.S. and 26,128 male chief executive officers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 38,708 people with the specific job title of chief executive officer and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Chief Executive Officer Are There In The Us?

There are over 42,356 Chief Executive Officers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Chief Executive Officers Are Black?

3.8% of Chief Executive Officers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Chief Executive Officers?

Most a are White, with 76.0% of Chief Executive Officers belonging to this ethnicity. 7.9% of Chief Executive Officers are Hispanic or Latino, 7.8% of Chief Executive Officers are Asian, 3.9% of Chief Executive Officers are Unknown, 3.8% of Chief Executive Officers are Black or African American, and 0.6% of Chief Executive Officers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Chief Executive Officer Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Chief Executive Officer jobs are male - dominated. 68% of Chief Executive Officers are male, and 31% are female, so there are more male Chief Executive Officers than female Chief Executive Officers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Chief Executive Officer?

The average Chief Executive Officer is 52 years old. 89% of Chief Executive Officers are 40+ years old or older, 11% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 0% are between 20-30 years old

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