The 2016-2017 CEO and Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies

Your trusted guidebook for establishing competitive compensation practices

Hard data you need to make critical talent decisions

With more than 30,000 data points – including values by industry – this resource will allow you to structure the right combination of salary, bonus, benefits, perks and equity incentives to attract top talent and retain the talent you have.

This is the most comprehensive proprietary data set for private company executive compensation ever collected

The report provides information (both real dollar values and percentage of total compensation) on base salary, bonus and equity rewards, benefits and perquisites. The report also includes full-year 2015 actual benchmarks for all of the data presented, as well as current and expected benchmarks for 2016.


Senior Executive compensation is one of your private company’s most valuable strategic tools

The right compensation structure will retain your company leaders and motivate them to excel

For the 2016-2017 CEO and Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies, Chief Executive Research has gathered compensation and best practices from over 1,300 private companies.

Your two-volume printed report and digital PDF version contains over 400 charts with rich data and analysis. You will also receive best-practice guidance from leading compensation consultants to align compensation with company performance and accelerate value creation.

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CEO Base Salary by Number of Employees

Median CEO Bonus as a Percent of Salary by Ownership Type

75th Percentile CFO Total Compensation Select Industries

Expected CFO Cash Compensation by Ownership Type – Median

Your ability to attract and retain top executive talent depends on offering the right pay packages to the right people

Motivate your key employees

The report reveals how the absolute dollar amounts and mix of components vary by:

  • comp2Company annual revenue
  • Number of employees
  • Industry
  • Geographic region
  • Type of ownership: Family, Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Private Equity Owned, Venture Capital Owned, and Employee Owned
  • Revenue growth
  • Profitability margins

Attract and retain the best executive talent

Benchmark your company’s compensation practices vs. other companies of comparable size and profile in terms of:

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  • Cash Compensation: Includes base salary and bonus data for 2015 and expected for 2016
  • Equity and options grants
  • Benefits and perk packages
  • Compensation policies and practices
  • Change in compensation components from the prior year

Compensations data for all senior-level positions

Obtain compensation analysis for more than 10 senior positions, including:

  • comp 3Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chairman
  • President
  • Senior Operations Executive (COO, GM, VP Operations)
  • Senior Finance Executive (CFO, VP Finance)
  • Senior Marketing Executive (CMO, VP Marketing)
  • Senior Sales Executive (CSO, VP Sales)
  • Senior Information Technology Executive (CTO, CIO)
  • Senior Research/Engineering Executive (Chief Scientist/Engineer, VP R&D/Engineering)
  • Senior Human Resources Executive (VP Human Resources)

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COMPENSATION CHARTS FOR CEOS*

*Partial List. Full report contains 120+ CEO Compensation Charts
Summary
  • 2015 Total CEO Compensation
  • Cash CEO Compensation Over Time
  • Total CEO Compensation
Compensation by Company Revenue
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Company Revenue
  • 2015 Top Quartile Total CEO Compensation by Company Revenue
Compensation by Industry
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Industry
  • 2015 Median CEO Total Compensation by Industry and Company Revenue
Compensation by Ownership Type
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Ownership Type
  • 2015 Top Quartile Total CEO Compensation by Ownership Type
2015 Compensation
  • 2015 CEO Cash Compensation
  • 2015 CEO Base Salary vs. Company Revenue
  • 2015 CEO Bonus vs. Company Revenue
Cash Compensation by Company Revenue
  • 2015 CEO Total Cash Compensation by Company Revenue – Bottom Quartile
  • 2015 CEO Total Cash Compensation by Company Revenue – Median
  • 2015 CEO Total Cash Compensation by Company Revenue – Top Quartile
Salary by Number of Employees
  • 2015 CEO Base Salary by Number of Employees
  • 2015 CEO Bonus by Number of Employees
  • 2015 CEO Total Cash Compensation by Number of Employees – Median
Salary by Industry
  • 2015 CEO Base Salaries by Industry
  • 2015 CEO Bonus by Industry
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Cash Compensation by Industry
2015 Compensation by Ownership Type
  • 2015 CEO Base Salary by Ownership Type
  • 2015 CEO Bonus by Ownership Type
  • 2015 CEO Total Cash Compensation by Ownership Type – Median
Compensation by Region
  • 2015 CEO Base Salary by Region
  • 2015 CEO Bonus by Region
  • 2015 CEO Total Cash Compensation by Region – Median
Compensation by Labor Market
  • 2015 CEO Base Salary by Labor Market
  • 2015 CEO Bonus by Labor Market
  • 2015 CEO Total Cash Compensation by Labor Market – Median
Compensation by Revenue Change
  • 2015 CEO Base Salary by Revenue Change
  • 2015 CEO Bonus by Revenue Change
  • 2015 CEO Total Cash Compensation by Revenue Change – Median
Compensation by Profitability
  • 2015 CEO Base Salary by Profitability
  • 2015 CEO Bonus by Profitability
  • 2015 CEO Total Cash Compensation by Profitability – Median
Expected 2016 Cash Compensation (1/2)
  • Expected 2016 CEO Cash Compensation by Company Revenue – Median
  • Expected 2016 CEO Cash Compensation by Number of Employees – Median
  • Expected 2016 CEO Cash Compensation by Industry – Median
Expected 2016 Cash Compensation (2/2)
  • Expected 2016 CEO Cash Compensation by Ownership Type – Median
  • Expected 2016 CEO Cash Compensation by Region – Median
  • Expected 2016 CEO Cash Compensation by Labor Market – Median
CEO Bonus
  • Target Bonus for the CEO as % of Current Salary
  • Actual Bonus Paid as % of Target Bonus for Most Recent Year
CEO Equity
  • 2015 CEO Equity Gains and Grants
  • 2015 Value of CEO Ownership of Company Equity
  • 2015 CEO Percentage Ownership of Company Equity
CEO Equity Gains and Grants
  • 2015 CEO Equity Gains and Grants by Company Revenue – Top Quartile
  • 2015 CEO Equity Gains and Grants by Number of Employees – Top Quartile
  • 2015 CEO Equity Gains and Grants by Industry – Top Quartile
  • 2015 CEO Equity Gains and Grants by Ownership Type – Top Quartile
  • 2015 CEO Equity Gains and Grants by Revenue Change – Top Quartile
CEO Percentage Ownership of Company Equity
  • 2015 CEO Percentage Ownership of Company Equity by Company Revenue
  • 2015 CEO Percentage Ownership of Company Equity by Number of Employees
  • 2015 CEO Percentage Ownership of Company Equity by Industry
  • 2015 CEO Percentage Ownership of Company Equity by Ownership Type
CEO Benefits and Perks Value
  • 2015 CEO Benefits and Perks Value by Company Revenue
  • 2015 CEO Benefits and Perks Value by Number of Employees
  • 2015 CEO Benefits and Perks Value by Industry
  • 2015 CEO Benefits and Perks Value by Ownership Type
Total CEO Compensation (1/2)
  • 2015 Total CEO Compensation
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Company Revenue
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Number of Employees
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Industry
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Ownership Type
Total CEO Compensation (2/2)
  • 2015 Media Total CEO Compensation by Region
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Labor Market
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Revenue Change
  • 2015 Median Total CEO Compensation by Profitability
CEO Compensation Best Practices (1/2)
  • Basis for Total Amount of Bonus Payments
  • Companies with Formal Long-Term Incentive Plans
  • Eligibility for Long-Term Incentives
  • Companies with Formal Salary Plan with Regularly Scheduled Reviews
  • Companies that Set Salary Ranges for Specific Positions
CEO Compensation Best Practices (2/2)
  • Companies that Use an Objective Formula for the Size of Pay Increases
  • Companies with Performance Ratings Tied to Specific Salary Increases
  • Companies where Titles and Responsibilities are Reviewed Annually
  • Companies that Consider the Relative Value/Impact Internally Among Positions

COMPENSATION CHARTS FOR SENIOR EXECUTIVES: COMPLETE LIST*

*Includes charts for the following titles: Chairman, President, COO, CFO, CMO, CSO, CTO/CIO, VP of R&D, VP of H/R
Total Compensation
  • Total Compensation
Total Compensation by Company Revenue
  • Total Compensation by Company Revenue – Median
  • Total Compensation by Company Revenue – Top Quartile
Total Compensation by Number of Employees
  • Total Compensation by Number of Employees – Median
  • Total Compensation by Number of Employees – Top Quartile
Total Compensation by Industry
  • Total Compensation by Industry – Median
  • Total Compensation by Industry – Top Quartile
Total Compensation by Ownership Type
  • Total Compensation by Ownership Type – Median
  • Total Compensation by Ownership Type – Top Quartile
Total Compensation by Region
  • Total Compensation by Region – Median
  • Total Compensation by Region – Top Quartile
Total Compensation by Labor Market
  • Total Compensation by Labor Market – Median
  • Total Compensation by Labor Market – Top Quartile
Total Compensation by Revenue Change
  • Total Compensation by Revenue Change – Median
  • Total Compensation by Revenue Change – Top Quartile
Total Compensation by Profitability
  • Total Compensation by Profitability – Median
  • Total Compensation by Profitability – Top Quartile
Expected Cash Compensation
  • Expected Cash Compensation
Expected Cash Compensation by Company Revenue
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Company Revenue – Median
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Company Revenue – Top Quartile
Expected Cash Compensation by Number of Employees
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Number of Employees – Median
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Number of Employees – Top Quartile
Expected Cash Compensation by Industry
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Industry – Median
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Industry – Top Quartile
Expected Cash Compensation by Ownership Type
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Ownership Type – Median
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Ownership Type – Top Quartile
Expected Cash Compensation by Region
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Region – Median
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Region – Top Quartile
Expected Cash Compensation by Labor Market
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Labor Market – Median
  • Expected Cash Compensation by Labor Market – Top Quartile

FAQS

What salary information is available in the report?

The report provides benchmarks (both real dollar values and percentage of total compensation) for base salary, bonus and equity holdings. It also includes dollar values for benefits and perquisites. The percent of companies that provide specific perks and benefits are also provided. The report includes full year 2015-2016 actual benchmarks for all of the data presented, as well as expected 2016 benchmarks for base salaries and bonuses.

What titles are covered in the report?

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chairman
  • President
  • Senior Finance Executive (CFO, VP Finance)
  • Senior Operations Executive (COO, GM, VP Operations)
  • Senior Marketing Executive (CMO, VP Marketing)
  • Senior Human Resources Executive (VP HR)
  • Senior Information Technology Executive (CTO, CIO)
  • Senior Sales Executive (CSO, VP Sales)
  • Senior Research/Engineering Executive

What is included with my purchase?

Your purchase includes:

  • Instant access to digital download of 2015-2016 report
  • Full access to the 2016-2017 report in both digital download and printed form (publication expected September 15, 2016).
  • Each two volume report contains over 300 charts of data and analysis as well as best practice guidance from leading compensation consultants.

When will my shipment arrive?

The packages are shipped from our fulfillment facility in Pennsylvania via FedEx. Shipments typically arrive in 3-5 business days from when you place your order.

Please note, the physical copies of the report will be prepared for distribution in late September. 

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Taxes and shipping costs are included in the purchase price of $2,495. There are no additional fees associated with the purchase of the report.

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