The pay of the county executive has to be some amount. The trick is to reason out how much amount that should be. First, however, must be the reasons for how much the county executive is to be paid. The Salary Review Commission gave two reasons for its recommendation to increase the county executive's pay from $85,000 to $109,480. The first was comparing Chautauqua County's executive pay to that of six other counties that have a county executive. The second was that there has been no raise in eleven years so give them a raise based on the cost of living index increases for those ten years.