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Highest Paying Industries for Top Executives

The top 100 highest paying industries for top executives (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $185,020, securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage is the highest paying industry for top executives. It is followed by securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities industry (average annual salary $182,780). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of top executives in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Top Executives

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$185,020
8,130
2 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$182,780
23,350
3 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$182,080
14,630
4 Other Financial Investment Activities
$181,690
14,990
5 Scientific Research and Development Services
$177,100
17,020
6 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$175,910
680
7 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$173,190
2,430
8 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$172,740
200
9 Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$170,120
420
10 Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
$168,260
220
11 Software Publishers
$162,980
7,720
12 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$162,000
230
13 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$153,310
52,790
14 Oil and Gas Extraction
$152,340
5,930
15 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$152,290
7,010
16 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$151,410
22,770
17 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$150,440
2,570
18 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$150,240
18,760
19 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$149,220
10,220
20 Other Information Services
$148,940
5,930
21 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$148,770
9,610
22 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$147,940
17,790
23 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$147,700
27,620
24 Other Insurance Related Activities
$147,310
9,830
25 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$147,120
700
26 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$146,120
2,380
27 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$146,090
11,200
28 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$146,070
107,600
29 Engineering Services
$145,810
24,190
30 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$144,950
1,150
31 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$144,400
230,540
32 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$143,860
51,490
33 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$143,810
5,460
34 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$143,630
57,500
35 Insurance Carriers
$140,310
23,870
36 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$140,010
4,970
37 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$139,280
6,720
38 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$139,160
1,560
39 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$139,140
37,370
40 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$138,690
1,640
41 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$138,630
550
42 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$137,140
18,160
43 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$136,210
16,920
44 Finance and Insurance
$135,820
130,140
45 Metal Ore Mining
$134,510
390
46 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$133,290
6,900
47 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$131,350
14,400
48 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$131,350
6,580
49 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$131,100
4,990
50 Hospitals - Privately owned
$129,720
16,610
51 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$129,720
7,350
52 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$129,670
1,120
53 Chemical Manufacturing
$129,580
17,060
54 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$129,470
2,810
55 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$129,370
1,340
56 Other Pipeline Transportation
$128,950
310
57 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$128,870
10,450
58 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$128,850
2,400
59 Information
$128,800
63,860
60 Forging and Stamping
$128,640
2,540
61 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$128,160
2,870
62 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$128,160
1,060
63 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$128,150
2,040
64 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$127,980
18,270
65 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$127,920
2,720
66 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$126,910
3,490
67 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$126,770
6,310
68 Postal Service (federal government)
$125,930
340
69 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$125,390
5,800
70 Legal Services
$124,820
11,640
71 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$124,490
21,330
72 Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$124,470
1,120
73 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$124,200
12,300
74 Federal government, including USPS
$123,970
33,430
75 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$123,970
33,080
76 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$123,790
1,570
77 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$123,740
8,780
78 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$123,350
19,620
79 Tobacco Manufacturing
$123,100
500
80 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$122,990
7,300
81 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$122,940
5,880
82 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$122,910
1,380
83 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$122,800
570
84 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$122,540
29,610
85 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$122,480
2,390
86 Specialized Design Services
$122,370
5,210
87 Household Appliance Manufacturing
$122,140
610
88 Automobile Dealers
$122,130
28,960
89 Hardware Manufacturing
$121,830
660
90 Water Transportation
$121,780
1,850
91 Machinery Manufacturing
$121,580
25,200
92 Rail Transportation
$121,530
2,480
93 Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$121,250
1,330
94 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$121,010
6,020
95 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$121,000
4,410
96 Footwear Manufacturing
$120,850
110
97 Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$120,800
4,440
98 Paper Manufacturing
$120,700
6,370
99 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$120,600
17,070
100 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$120,550
14,320