As a contingency-based, CFO executive search firm we have placed hundreds of extremely well-qualified CFOs in companies all across the nation.
After years of filling the top financial spot for so many different organizations, we decided to start compiling our own CFO salary information based upon our industry knowledge and placement information.
The following compensation information should be used as a general guide to determine what a certain-sized company might expect to pay on average for a highly-qualified CFO. These are very general salary ranges and there are many unique factors that could cause these ranges to shift in one direction or the other.
Generally speaking, the larger the company, the higher the average CFO salary range and the higher the total compensation package. On average, public companies tend to pay slightly higher than private companies and areas with a higher cost of living tend to pay slightly more than areas with a more moderate cost of living.