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Highest Paying Industries for General and Operations Managers

The top 100 highest paying industries for general and operations managers (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 $173,160, research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences is the highest paying industry for general and operations managers. It is followed by securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage industry (average annual salary $171,680). 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 general and operations managers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for General and Operations Managers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$173,160
12,410
2 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$171,680
6,930
3 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$169,980
20,160
4 Other Financial Investment Activities
$169,230
13,020
5 Scientific Research and Development Services
$168,720
14,420
6 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$165,550
2,170
7 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$164,400
450
8 Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
$159,500
190
9 Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$158,530
370
10 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$156,970
180
11 Software Publishers
$154,770
6,740
12 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$154,660
210
13 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$147,090
47,010
14 Oil and Gas Extraction
$145,400
5,450
15 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$143,650
19,890
16 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$143,550
2,250
17 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$143,250
16,940
18 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$142,840
5,940
19 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$142,210
630
20 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$141,610
8,480
21 Engineering Services
$140,860
21,560
22 Other Information Services
$140,780
5,260
23 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$140,620
15,710
24 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$140,450
2,010
25 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$140,010
720
26 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$140,000
24,480
27 Other Insurance Related Activities
$139,010
8,770
28 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$139,000
990
29 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$137,660
206,540
30 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$137,170
52,120
31 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$135,480
4,720
32 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$135,030
45,230
33 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$134,430
4,290
34 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$133,710
33,340
35 Metal Ore Mining
$131,600
370
36 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$131,330
15,340
37 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$131,040
470
38 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$130,870
86,050
39 Insurance Carriers
$130,400
20,750
40 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$129,550
1,340
41 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$129,330
1,340
42 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$128,690
16,120
43 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$127,030
5,630
44 Finance and Insurance
$126,020
112,450
45 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$124,970
6,090
46 Television Broadcasting
$124,910
3,230
47 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$124,570
2,550
48 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$124,010
1,010
49 Federal government, including USPS
$123,690
33,000
50 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$123,690
32,680
51 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$123,690
1,860
52 Chemical Manufacturing
$122,610
14,980
53 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$122,230
9,350
54 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$122,200
6,260
55 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$122,080
4,430
56 Forging and Stamping
$121,780
2,200
57 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$121,100
930
58 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$120,950
1,990
59 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$120,910
8,060
60 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$120,780
5,900
61 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$120,770
5,670
62 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$120,720
2,360
63 Postal Service (federal government)
$120,580
320
64 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$120,560
2,440
65 Rail Transportation
$119,980
2,390
66 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$119,770
3,060
67 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$119,420
530
68 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$119,260
1,280
69 Specialized Design Services
$118,710
4,990
70 Hardware Manufacturing
$118,410
600
71 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$118,330
5,020
72 Water Transportation
$118,290
1,720
73 Tobacco Manufacturing
$118,220
390
74 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$118,100
27,160
75 Information
$117,670
55,120
76 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$117,620
17,490
77 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$117,590
160
78 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$117,350
11,390
79 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$117,350
6,600
80 Legal Services
$117,130
10,290
81 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$116,760
3,860
82 Inland Water Transportation
$116,320
430
83 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$116,290
1,560
84 Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$116,010
1,160
85 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$115,860
5,340
86 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$115,780
13,130
87 Automobile Dealers
$115,610
26,380
88 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$115,530
5,220
89 Paper Manufacturing
$115,420
5,600
90 Nonresidential Building Construction
$115,330
19,390
91 Machinery Manufacturing
$115,290
21,740
92 Mining
$115,270
18,820
93 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$115,010
10,820
94 Utilities
$114,810
11,780
95 Land Subdivision
$114,730
2,170
96 Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$114,690
4,030
97 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$114,660
14,840
98 Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$114,610
1,690
99 Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$114,340
940
100 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$114,260
2,040
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