Chief executive | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Chief executives plan and put into place policies to help their organisations be successful.

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  • Direct or coordinate an organization's financial or budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, or increase efficiency.  
  • Appoint department heads or managers and assign or delegate responsibilities to them.  
  • Analyze operations to evaluate performance of a company or its staff in meeting objectives or to determine areas of
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Chief executives typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Chief executive you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
122,357 GBP *
per year
55,000 GBP
150,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Chief executive

Big gender gap
  • 139,975 GBP
  • 90,154 GBP
Average salary for part-time Chief executive
Average salary for full-time Chief executive

  • 23,490 GBP
  • 122,357 GBP
  • 90,154 GBP
  • 139,975 GBP
Salary over time for Chief executive

Salary for this role has increased over time
  • 111,269 GBP
  • 119,688 GBP
  • 124,743 GBP
  • 122,579 GBP
  • 144,728 GBP
  • 149,904 GBP
  • 122,357 GBP
  • 126,556 GBP
  • 117,848 GBP

Future outlook for Chief executives

Balanced outlook
103 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
1% yearly wage growth (on average)

Chief executive - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Chief executive and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 24% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 26% of people in this role have a Master's degree

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience is needed to become a Chief Executive. Many Chief Executive jobs will ask for more than five years of experience in a similiar or preperatory role. 

Employees may need some on-the-job training, but occupations like this one assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training in order to do this role. 

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Chief executive

Business Administration

Things to highlight for your Chief executive interview

Leadership - This job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Integrity - This job requires being honest and ethical.

Initiative - This job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Stress Tolerance - This job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Dependability - This job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

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