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Highest Paying Industries for Compensation and Benefits Managers

The top 100 highest paying industries for compensation and benefits 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 $144,890, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for compensation and benefits managers. It is followed by securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage industry (average annual salary $143,040). 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 compensation and benefits managers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Compensation and Benefits Managers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$144,890
40
2 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$143,040
150
3 Other Financial Investment Activities
$142,510
130
4 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$140,660
300
5 Pipeline Transportation
$138,050
30
6 Mining
$136,100
70
7 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$134,250
90
8 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$133,770
60
9 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$133,730
70
10 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$133,590
80
11 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$132,700
140
12 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$131,510
70
13 Other Information Services
$131,170
90
14 Telecommunications
$130,350
130
15 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$129,750
320
16 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$128,770
210
17 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$128,340
210
18 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$128,250
60
19 Chemical Manufacturing
$128,130
120
20 Information
$126,930
590
21 Scientific Research and Development Services
$125,440
230
22 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$125,090
240
23 Natural Gas Distribution
$124,610
80
24 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$124,550
100
25 Office Administrative Services
$124,510
400
26 Insurance Carriers
$123,550
700
27 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$123,100
30
28 Software Publishers
$122,650
110
29 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$122,610
60
30 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$122,560
90
31 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$122,490
170
32 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$120,900
80
33 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$120,630
270
34 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$120,510
220
35 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$119,350
40
36 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$118,880
1,240
37 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$118,700
40
38 Legal Services
$117,970
290
39 Finance and Insurance
$117,920
2,300
40 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$117,510
1,940
41 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$117,370
140
42 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$117,250
160
43 Administrative and Support Services
$117,170
680
44 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$116,840
3,890
45 Television Broadcasting
$116,640
50
46 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$116,490
660
47 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$116,370
760
48 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$116,230
50
49 Utilities
$114,210
190
50 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$113,460
540
51 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$113,000
200
52 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$112,330
100
53 Activities Related to Real Estate
$112,300
50
54 Wholesale Trade
$111,870
340
55 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$111,850
100
56 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$110,950
690
57 Hospitals - Privately owned
$110,650
710
58 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$109,830
70
59 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$109,760
750
60 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$109,680
260
61 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$109,570
780
62 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$109,320
260
63 Other Insurance Related Activities
$109,220
270
64 Air Transportation
$109,100
80
65 Scheduled Air Transportation
$109,070
80
66 Construction
$108,900
100
67 Temporary Help Services
$108,840
130
68 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$108,520
80
69 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$107,760
150
70 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$107,720
70
71 Nonresidential Building Construction
$107,560
50
72 Employment Services
$106,980
210
73 Engineering Services
$106,090
180
74 Construction of Buildings
$106,070
50
75 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$105,750
40
76 Offices of Physicians
$105,200
60
77 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$105,060
50
78 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$104,950
220
79 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$104,630
730
80 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$104,590
160
81 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$104,550
50
82 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$102,860
40
83 Transportation and Warehousing
$102,450
230
84 Real Estate
$101,890
120
85 Rail Transportation
$100,900
40
86 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$100,310
230
87 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$99,770
30
88 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$99,230
170
89 Health Care and Social Assistance
$99,010
1,360
90 Educational Services - Privately owned
$98,910
260
91 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$98,810
40
92 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$98,040
80
93 Machinery Manufacturing
$97,940
180
94 Depository Credit Intermediation
$97,560
550
95 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$97,170
40
96 Manufacturing
$97,150
1,560
97 Social Advocacy Organizations
$97,140
40
98 Hospitals - Local government owned
$95,900
n/a
99 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$95,650
30
100 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$95,150
n/a
See also: Highest paying cities for compensation and benefits managers.