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Highest Paying Industries for Media and Communication Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for media and communication workers (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 $87,090, petroleum and coal products manufacturing is the highest paying industry for media and communication workers. It is followed by postal service (federal government) industry (average annual salary $85,390). 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 media and communication workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Media and Communication Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$87,090
n/a
2 Postal Service (federal government)
$85,390
110
3 Federal government, including USPS
$84,750
7,920
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$84,750
7,800
5 Specialized Freight Trucking
$84,350
40
6 Truck Transportation
$81,840
40
7 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$81,290
110
8 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$80,270
400
9 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$79,990
100
10 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$78,520
880
11 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$78,470
1,660
12 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$75,540
2,180
13 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$75,360
1,250
14 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$75,290
640
15 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$75,180
1,900
16 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$74,840
4,660
17 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$73,730
100
18 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$73,480
270
19 Water Transportation
$73,180
110
20 Rail Transportation
$72,110
100
21 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$72,070
4,540
22 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$72,010
1,490
23 Software Publishers
$71,350
4,670
24 Pipeline Transportation
$71,320
80
25 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$70,900
1,500
26 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$70,830
440
27 Utilities
$70,750
1,750
28 Natural Gas Distribution
$70,710
220
29 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$70,380
160
30 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$70,370
80
31 Testing Laboratories
$70,050
940
32 Scientific Research and Development Services
$69,970
6,160
33 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$69,860
13,910
34 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$69,380
1,140
35 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$69,330
50
36 Support Activities for Mining
$69,180
190
37 Other Financial Investment Activities
$69,170
820
38 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$69,010
40
39 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$68,590
730
40 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$68,200
1,400
41 Manufacturing
$67,650
13,150
42 Chemical Manufacturing
$67,550
1,370
43 Metal Ore Mining
$67,250
40
44 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$67,190
70
45 Nonscheduled Air Transportation
$67,180
40
46 Mining
$66,860
560
47 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$66,660
590
48 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$66,660
1,570
49 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$66,580
50
50 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$66,560
520
51 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$66,500
80
52 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$66,390
450
53 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$66,210
320
54 Land Subdivision
$65,620
40
55 Oil and Gas Extraction
$65,520
320
56 Apparel Manufacturing
$64,700
80
57 Transportation and Warehousing
$64,610
1,470
58 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$64,510
5,740
59 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$64,320
60
60 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$64,300
120
61 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$64,220
1,620
62 Engineering Services
$63,940
4,290
63 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$63,570
210
64 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$63,500
440
65 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$63,420
60
66 Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$63,220
80
67 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$63,080
3,060
68 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$62,960
50
69 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$62,730
790
70 Wholesale Trade
$62,630
6,620
71 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,610
14,940
72 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$62,510
540
73 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$62,400
700
74 Other Telecommunications
$62,360
400
75 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$62,360
260
76 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$62,190
1,240
77 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$62,160
190
78 Finance and Insurance
$62,120
11,290
79 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$62,110
2,400
80 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$62,090
90
81 Other Insurance Related Activities
$61,980
540
82 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$61,790
40
83 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$61,780
130
84 Air Transportation
$61,720
550
85 Temporary Help Services
$61,550
5,530
86 Scheduled Air Transportation
$61,280
520
87 Employment Services
$61,220
7,190
88 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$61,030
200
89 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$61,010
5,720
90 Telecommunications
$60,790
2,190
91 Hardware Manufacturing
$60,750
n/a
92 Insurance Carriers
$60,720
4,480
93 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$60,590
1,030
94 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$60,490
15,230
95 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$60,350
29,990
96 Federal, State, and Local Government
$60,350
29,990
97 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$60,120
1,050
98 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$60,060
3,730
99 Machinery Manufacturing
$59,900
1,960
100 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$59,880
170