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Highest Paying Industries for Chief Executives

The top 100 highest paying industries for chief 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 $187,120, electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance is the highest paying industry for chief executives. It is followed by food manufacturing industry (average annual salary $186,940). 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 chief executives in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Chief Executives

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
$187,120
190
2 Food Manufacturing
$186,940
2,380
3 Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$186,570
250
4 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$186,480
2,230
5 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$186,270
800
6 Support Activities for Mining
$186,200
700
7 Residential Building Construction
$186,000
900
8 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$185,950
140
9 Construction of Buildings
$185,840
3,250
10 Furniture Stores
$185,810
140
11 Nonresidential Building Construction
$185,790
2,350
12 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$185,750
160
13 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$185,230
1,580
14 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$184,890
670
15 Rental and Leasing Services
$184,870
780
16 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$184,800
550
17 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$184,460
7,970
18 Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$184,370
440
19 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$184,200
1,020
20 Newspaper Publishers
$184,140
320
21 Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$183,990
270
22 Testing Laboratories
$183,980
510
23 Forging and Stamping
$183,860
340
24 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$183,210
690
25 Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$183,130
350
26 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$183,020
750
27 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$182,990
60
28 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$182,910
1,820
29 Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$182,730
170
30 Waste Collection
$182,530
270
31 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$182,220
160
32 Telephone Call Centers
$181,060
380
33 Nonscheduled Air Transportation
$180,920
100
34 Activities Related to Real Estate
$180,570
1,400
35 Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$180,390
140
36 Retail Trade
$180,360
7,710
37 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$180,280
380
38 Facilities Support Services
$180,130
160
39 Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$179,870
310
40 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$179,830
800
41 Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
$179,600
300
42 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$179,340
190
43 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$179,040
280
44 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$178,840
790
45 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$178,620
370
46 Fabric Mills
$178,000
110
47 Support Activities for Water Transportation
$177,860
90
48 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$177,810
100
49 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$177,690
820
50 Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$177,550
40
51 Vending Machine Operators
$177,450
40
52 Offices of Physicians
$177,260
2,620
53 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$177,200
2,150
54 Charter Bus Industry
$177,120
40
55 Gambling Industries
$176,980
230
56 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$176,690
220
57 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$176,640
860
58 Animal Slaughtering and Processing
$176,240
370
59 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$176,230
310
60 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$175,940
800
61 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$175,400
260
62 Landscaping Services
$175,310
390
63 Coal Mining
$175,070
50
64 Radio Broadcasting
$174,790
180
65 Temporary Help Services
$174,710
1,460
66 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$174,500
260
67 Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
$174,470
130
68 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$174,240
340
69 Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$173,570
370
70 Educational Support Services
$173,490
850
71 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$173,300
830
72 Services to Buildings and Dwellings
$173,180
1,360
73 Employment Services
$172,850
3,100
74 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$172,820
2,470
75 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$172,730
340
76 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$172,430
1,490
77 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$172,260
930
78 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$172,010
180
79 Health and Personal Care Stores
$171,690
380
80 Depository Credit Intermediation
$171,600
6,520
81 Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
$171,390
370
82 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$171,380
3,990
83 Utility System Construction
$171,240
860
84 Educational Services - Privately owned
$171,220
7,180
85 Warehousing and Storage
$171,200
440
86 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$170,330
350
87 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$170,330
270
88 Transportation and Warehousing
$170,080
4,070
89 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$169,640
1,650
90 Support Activities for Transportation
$169,560
1,010
91 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$169,490
420
92 Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
$169,350
180
93 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$169,290
40
94 Construction
$169,070
11,630
95 Freight Transportation Arrangement
$168,660
490
96 School and Employee Bus Transportation
$167,720
150
97 Hospitals - Local government owned
$167,600
860
98 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$167,310
850
99 Security Systems Services
$167,040
240
100 Direct Selling Establishments
$166,810
180
See also: Highest paying cities for chief executives.