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Highest Paying Industries for Sales Managers

The top 100 highest paying industries for sales 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 $184,520, securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities is the highest paying industry for sales managers. It is followed by other financial investment activities industry (average annual salary $180,040). 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 sales managers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Sales Managers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$184,520
6,490
2 Other Financial Investment Activities
$180,040
2,560
3 Legal Services
$174,920
270
4 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$170,240
130
5 Specialized Design Services
$157,580
400
6 Other Information Services
$154,570
2,510
7 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$152,590
1,740
8 Scientific Research and Development Services
$151,770
1,810
9 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$151,160
890
10 Software Publishers
$150,550
3,420
11 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$149,480
1,640
12 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$147,970
460
13 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$147,130
4,190
14 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$146,360
840
15 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$145,610
5,650
16 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$144,580
12,200
17 Finance and Insurance
$143,190
30,150
18 Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
$142,500
60
19 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$142,280
1,420
20 Oil and Gas Extraction
$142,250
350
21 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$142,170
40
22 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$141,760
3,320
23 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$141,400
30,720
24 Other Insurance Related Activities
$140,500
1,460
25 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$139,560
540
26 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$138,660
1,710
27 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$138,640
2,060
28 Engineering Services
$138,580
1,300
29 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$138,270
4,970
30 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$138,090
1,990
31 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$137,650
840
32 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$137,260
140
33 Other Telecommunications
$136,910
880
34 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$136,270
70
35 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$136,020
500
36 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$135,970
13,670
37 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$135,810
510
38 Satellite Telecommunications
$135,750
70
39 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$135,720
2,240
40 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$135,650
1,670
41 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$135,600
7,170
42 Information
$135,480
21,170
43 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$135,290
6,690
44 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$134,790
390
45 Telecommunications
$134,640
5,910
46 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$133,560
1,920
47 Textile Furnishings Mills
$133,560
120
48 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$133,060
6,810
49 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$132,940
2,710
50 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$131,970
260
51 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$131,810
9,910
52 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$131,790
8,630
53 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$131,760
3,130
54 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$131,510
260
55 Natural Gas Distribution
$130,960
190
56 Insurance Carriers
$130,440
8,030
57 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$129,830
90
58 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$129,510
170
59 Testing Laboratories
$128,940
290
60 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$128,580
200
61 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$127,920
2,690
62 Depository Credit Intermediation
$127,460
4,940
63 Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
$126,990
1,190
64 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$126,850
890
65 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$126,730
3,160
66 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$126,730
3,480
67 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$126,180
15,890
68 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$125,840
2,060
69 Radio Broadcasting
$125,750
1,280
70 Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
$125,670
140
71 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$125,600
990
72 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$125,350
1,650
73 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$125,200
2,980
74 Television Broadcasting
$124,910
1,700
75 Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$124,740
1,300
76 Roofing Contractors
$124,430
40
77 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$124,330
5,440
78 Paper Manufacturing
$124,140
1,150
79 Apparel Manufacturing
$124,060
400
80 Chemical Manufacturing
$123,770
3,060
81 Support Activities for Water Transportation
$123,600
60
82 Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance
$123,230
40
83 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$122,920
430
84 Other Food Manufacturing
$122,510
930
85 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$122,100
370
86 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$121,930
90
87 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$121,470
31,720
88 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$121,420
160
89 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$121,300
400
90 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$121,060
1,340
91 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$120,710
3,480
92 Utilities
$120,020
690
93 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$119,670
3,590
94 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$119,390
420
95 Investigation and Security Services
$119,210
840
96 Footwear Manufacturing
$118,520
50
97 Hardware Manufacturing
$118,360
230
98 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$118,020
430
99 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$117,840
32,900
100 Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$117,600
930
See also: Highest paying cities for sales managers.