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3. Chief Executive Officers

Average annual salary: $176,550
Current employment: 267,370

They may be at the top of their company, but on average, CEOs only rank 3rd as far as compensation is concerned. CEOs are responsible for formulating policies, coordinating operational activities, and planning the overall direction of companies or public sector organizations.

The qualifications depend on the company but many desire their CEOs to have at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable amounts of work experience.

The cities that pay the most to the highest level of management are Stamford, Connecticut ($234,030), Columbus, Indiana ($230,330), and Medford, Oregon ($225,100).

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