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About the COO Salary Report

CEO Update's first look at what COOs earn presented challenges

June 5, 2020

Identifying who the COO is within an association made this Salary Report the most difficult Inside Compensation analysis ever completed by CEO Update.

For the purposes of this report, a COO is—as the title suggests—in charge of operations, but usually the COO’s portfolio is much larger. Sometimes a COO oversees finance and administration, but many times the executive leads several departments and lines of business within the association. Often the COO is the second-in-command. The job and the title vary widely at associations, and many groups don’t employ anyone in a COO-like position.