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Highest Paying Industries for Financial Specialists

The top 100 highest paying industries for financial 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 $88,510, securities and commodity exchanges is the highest paying industry for financial specialists. It is followed by monetary authorities-central bank industry (average annual salary $87,600). 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 specialists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Financial Specialists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$88,510
730
2 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$87,600
3,450
3 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$87,530
99,430
4 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$86,690
256,300
5 Other Financial Investment Activities
$86,130
156,140
6 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$85,620
n/a
7 Other Information Services
$82,440
4,250
8 Software Publishers
$81,930
8,940
9 Postal Service (federal government)
$81,320
1,150
10 Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$80,100
620
11 Natural Gas Distribution
$79,800
3,170
12 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$79,530
11,330
13 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$79,330
1,830
14 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$79,270
5,000
15 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$78,870
10,200
16 Scientific Research and Development Services
$78,800
12,560
17 Federal government, including USPS
$78,430
94,800
18 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$78,380
3,040
19 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$78,360
93,660
20 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$78,250
3,330
21 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$77,860
10,820
22 Telecommunications
$77,700
14,950
23 Automobile Dealers
$77,570
19,070
24 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$77,430
4,620
25 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$77,270
430
26 Rail Transportation
$77,040
1,150
27 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$76,940
1,640
28 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$76,910
3,900
29 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$76,750
21,190
30 Metal Ore Mining
$76,320
210
31 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$76,130
1,800
32 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$76,050
14,940
33 Oil and Gas Extraction
$75,880
10,640
34 Information
$75,840
48,500
35 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$75,820
21,040
36 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$75,460
9,060
37 Utilities
$75,440
9,880
38 Satellite Telecommunications
$75,300
220
39 Mining
$74,990
15,210
40 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$74,780
590
41 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$74,450
33,860
42 Support Activities for Mining
$74,400
3,610
43 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$74,070
4,110
44 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$74,020
6,310
45 Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$73,810
2,260
46 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$73,490
1,230
47 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$73,420
17,260
48 Exterminating and Pest Control Services
$73,070
250
49 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$72,770
920
50 Engineering Services
$72,550
15,240
51 Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$72,510
960
52 Other Pipeline Transportation
$72,220
130
53 Local Messengers and Local Delivery
$72,140
150
54 Specialized Design Services
$72,070
1,520
55 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$71,750
1,070
56 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$71,580
11,730
57 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$71,490
940
58 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$71,460
1,450
59 Pipeline Transportation
$71,450
1,460
60 Sound Recording Industries
$71,370
570
61 Chemical Manufacturing
$71,240
9,540
62 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$71,180
2,300
63 Lessors of Real Estate
$71,160
10,430
64 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$71,080
20,120
65 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$71,050
7,480
66 Book Stores and News Dealers
$70,980
70
67 Department Stores
$70,950
80
68 Specialty Food Stores
$70,930
290
69 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$70,920
3,080
70 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$70,890
420
71 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$70,820
188,650
72 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$70,740
340
73 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$70,690
49,370
74 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$70,510
260
75 Television Broadcasting
$70,430
1,280
76 Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$70,280
340
77 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$70,270
1,440
78 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$70,230
2,360
79 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$70,170
3,350
80 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$70,150
7,380
81 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$70,100
1,780
82 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$70,020
960
83 Manufacturing
$69,870
109,570
84 Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance
$69,820
170
85 Other Telecommunications
$69,810
1,490
86 Health and Personal Care Stores
$69,760
1,480
87 Machinery Manufacturing
$69,750
12,060
88 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$69,680
2,160
89 Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$69,670
490
90 Forging and Stamping
$69,660
620
91 General Rental Centers
$69,590
160
92 Finance and Insurance
$69,400
868,520
93 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$69,400
460
94 Retail Trade
$69,320
39,190
95 Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$69,290
550
96 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$69,270
320
97 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$69,270
2,860
98 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$69,240
5,110
99 Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$69,190
910
100 Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
$69,040
890