According to the 2016 Association CEO Compensation Report, many chief staff executives earn master's degrees (40 percent) folllowed closesly by bachelor's degrees (37 percent). Medical doctor is the least likely degree an association exeutive possesses. The Association CEO Compensation Report, published by Association TRENDS, is an excellent resource to help determine a chief staff executive's pay. In addition to compensation levels, the report covers benefits, and factors that might be included when determining an executive salary, such as education level. Click here to order.