Leveraging Leadership

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Emily Sander

05 February 2024

59m 33s

Chief of Staff Salary Trends with Rahul Desai of the COS Network



How much does a Chief of Staff make? 

On average $144,121.

But the salary range varies. 

Deep dive into the factors that go into a Chief of Staff’s overall compensation. Rahul Desai, the General Manager of COS Network, joins the show and walks through the latest annual COS Network’s Compensation Report.

The report breaks down:

-       Average Salary by Chief of Staff Level (1-5)

-       Average Salary by Company Size

-       Average Salary by Education

-       Average Salary by Gender

-       Average Salary by Geographic Region

-       Percentage of Compensation by Base Salary vs. Bonus

-       What Roles former Chiefs of Staff are currently in

-       and more…

If you are considering a Chief of Staff role, interviewing for one, or looking for a raise, don’t miss out on this episode!

The information presented in the Compensation Report equips you with empirical data to build a well-informed case for your career progression.


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Rahul Desai is a former Chief of Staff turned entrepreneur and General Manager of the Chief of Staff Network. With a wealth of experience in the corporate sector, he has co-founded several companies, applying his strategic expertise to drive business success. At the Chief of Staff Network, Rahul spearheads initiatives that provide vital support to corporate Chiefs of Staff worldwide through resources such as peer networking, coaching, and professional development. His insights into the evolution of the role make him a leading authority on the dynamics of corporate leadership and the empowerment of Chiefs of Staff.

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01:43 Exploring the Chief of Staff Network

07:14 The Role of Chief of Staff in Different Regions

10:17 Chief of Staff Salary Report

12:01 Understanding the Factors Affecting Chief of Staff Salary

20:48 The Impact of Company Size on Chief of Staff Salary

29:49 The Effect of Experience on Chief of Staff Salary

31:58 Gender Pay Gap and Career Progression

35:11 Gender Breakdown in BizOps and Chief of Staff Roles

38:18 Career Planning and Growth Opportunities for Chiefs of Staff

43:53 Skills Required for a Chief of Staff

47:04 Career Paths for Chiefs of Staff

52:57 Demographics of Chiefs of Staff

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Emily Sander is a C-suite executive turned leadership coach. Her corporate career spanned Fortune 500 companies and scrappy start-ups. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and the author of two books, An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff and Hacking Executive Leadership. Emily works with early to senior executives to step into effective leadership with one-on-one coaching. Go here to read her story from seasoned executive to knowledgeable coach.

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