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Highest Paying Industries for Business Operations Specialists

The top 100 highest paying industries for business operations specialists (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 $89,910, other pipeline transportation is the highest paying industry for business operations specialists. It is followed by monetary authorities-central bank industry (average annual salary $88,870). 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 business operations specialists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Business Operations Specialists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Other Pipeline Transportation
$89,910
150
2 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$88,870
1,900
3 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$85,970
870
4 Software Publishers
$85,540
27,050
5 Natural Gas Distribution
$85,290
8,790
6 Satellite Telecommunications
$80,820
390
7 Pipeline Transportation
$80,780
2,340
8 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$80,700
37,090
9 Utilities
$80,360
29,760
10 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$80,260
18,340
11 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$79,870
43,920
12 Telecommunications
$79,820
55,870
13 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$79,120
13,680
14 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$79,120
11,390
15 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$78,800
20,440
16 Oil and Gas Extraction
$78,260
12,120
17 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$77,820
42,530
18 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$77,800
399,370
19 Federal government, including USPS
$77,630
406,550
20 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$77,450
640
21 Scientific Research and Development Services
$76,990
47,190
22 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$76,730
1,320
23 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$76,080
42,690
24 Information
$75,970
148,170
25 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$75,710
42,310
26 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$75,610
130,850
27 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$75,550
4,180
28 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$74,870
60,350
29 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$74,410
3,310
30 Postal Service (federal government)
$74,370
7,180
31 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$74,250
16,670
32 Engineering Services
$74,170
50,180
33 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$74,120
7,120
34 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$74,110
24,750
35 Other Telecommunications
$73,850
4,720
36 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$73,670
68,290
37 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$73,620
n/a
38 Other Information Services
$73,580
15,180
39 Mining
$73,360
21,820
40 Rail Transportation
$73,330
3,990
41 Other Financial Investment Activities
$73,290
23,150
42 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$72,890
5,710
43 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$72,660
311,930
44 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$72,580
17,850
45 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$72,560
62,890
46 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$72,470
19,030
47 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$71,940
672,200
48 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$71,940
8,220
49 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$70,920
27,900
50 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$70,330
4,760
51 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$70,110
26,500
52 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$69,490
702,930
53 Federal, State, and Local Government
$69,490
702,930
54 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$69,410
4,670
55 Chemical Manufacturing
$69,260
34,580
56 Testing Laboratories
$69,090
4,770
57 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$68,990
14,050
58 Support Activities for Mining
$68,990
7,270
59 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$68,810
1,190
60 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$68,800
2,810
61 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$68,710
12,420
62 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$68,600
1,200
63 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$68,410
1,320
64 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$68,330
1,770
65 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$68,310
2,620
66 Metal Ore Mining
$68,300
940
67 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$68,110
292,270
68 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$68,040
1,610
69 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$67,540
2,200
70 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$67,520
6,240
71 Television Broadcasting
$67,490
4,270
72 Couriers and Express Delivery Services
$67,480
5,820
73 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$67,330
844,440
74 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$67,330
4,180
75 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$67,310
96,220
76 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$67,160
16,050
77 Couriers and Messengers
$66,880
6,020
78 Water Transportation
$66,720
2,530
79 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$66,640
2,970
80 Nonresidential Building Construction
$66,300
31,150
81 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$66,210
35,200
82 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$65,720
4,170
83 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$65,710
19,560
84 Land Subdivision
$65,700
1,690
85 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$65,490
3,370
86 Scheduled Air Transportation
$65,430
10,420
87 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$65,240
8,740
88 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$65,140
780
89 Air Transportation
$65,120
11,130
90 Manufacturing
$64,980
348,400
91 Depository Credit Intermediation
$64,970
54,270
92 Finance and Insurance
$64,790
481,130
93 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$64,670
9,770
94 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$64,630
5,880
95 Utility System Construction
$64,620
8,250
96 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$64,600
39,060
97 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$64,590
2,510
98 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$64,460
5,350
99 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$64,430
3,850
100 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$64,430
2,430