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Highest Paying Industries for Financial Managers

The top 100 highest paying industries for financial 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 $183,570, beer, wine, and liquor stores is the highest paying industry for financial managers. It is followed by securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage industry (average annual salary $170,310). 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 financial managers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Financial Managers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$183,570
n/a
2 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$170,310
15,190
3 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$169,550
29,860
4 Other Financial Investment Activities
$168,880
14,480
5 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$166,050
190
6 Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
$157,110
180
7 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$149,730
210
8 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$149,450
290
9 Other Information Services
$149,040
1,480
10 Sound Recording Industries
$148,920
90
11 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$148,250
70
12 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$148,110
23,000
13 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$146,400
3,840
14 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$146,380
60
15 Scientific Research and Development Services
$145,700
4,180
16 Clothing Stores
$144,110
120
17 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$143,160
2,590
18 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$143,040
770
19 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$142,950
100
20 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$142,490
680
21 Software Publishers
$142,080
2,450
22 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$141,540
1,600
23 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$141,460
690
24 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$141,110
8,710
25 Pipeline Transportation
$140,940
170
26 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$139,620
100
27 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$139,380
57,520
28 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$139,130
60
29 Natural Gas Distribution
$137,510
660
30 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$136,220
4,440
31 Information
$136,060
13,370
32 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$135,070
340
33 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$133,930
7,770
34 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$133,890
1,790
35 Telecommunications
$133,870
3,080
36 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$133,860
1,070
37 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$133,800
2,250
38 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$133,210
2,420
39 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$133,200
65,830
40 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$132,860
710
41 Offices of Chiropractors
$132,370
n/a
42 Oil and Gas Extraction
$132,100
2,020
43 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$131,480
2,190
44 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$130,790
2,980
45 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$130,610
10,500
46 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$129,590
1,680
47 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$129,480
1,170
48 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
$129,350
210
49 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$127,950
1,990
50 Nonscheduled Air Transportation
$127,470
100
51 Mining
$127,270
3,080
52 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$126,850
150
53 Television Broadcasting
$126,720
640
54 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$126,070
3,910
55 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$125,840
13,360
56 Insurance Carriers
$125,800
18,870
57 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$125,730
1,200
58 Federal government, including USPS
$125,660
13,510
59 Specialized Design Services
$125,430
280
60 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$125,430
26,190
61 Satellite Telecommunications
$125,360
60
62 Specialty Food Stores
$125,250
80
63 Lessors of Real Estate
$125,230
2,510
64 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$124,320
3,650
65 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$124,280
7,320
66 Utilities
$123,650
2,500
67 Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
$123,480
80
68 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$123,290
280
69 Coal Mining
$123,080
90
70 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$122,930
3,730
71 Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing
$122,890
430
72 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$122,500
1,310
73 Other Insurance Related Activities
$122,490
3,420
74 Nonstore Retailers
$122,340
1,410
75 Rail Transportation
$122,280
420
76 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$122,200
660
77 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$122,120
380
78 Support Activities for Mining
$121,920
780
79 Engineering Services
$121,680
3,470
80 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$121,590
870
81 Chemical Manufacturing
$121,320
3,920
82 Legal Services
$121,270
2,270
83 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$121,220
1,560
84 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$120,950
1,590
85 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$120,850
500
86 Real Estate
$120,770
7,040
87 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$120,480
4,660
88 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$120,290
180
89 Other Telecommunications
$120,200
540
90 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$119,650
520
91 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$119,630
8,400
92 Water Transportation
$119,590
230
93 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$119,520
1,710
94 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$119,070
510
95 Spectator Sports
$119,060
460
96 Activities Related to Real Estate
$119,060
3,630
97 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$119,030
8,590
98 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$118,820
700
99 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$118,800
2,890
100 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$118,650
4,680
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