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Top Executive Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of top executives in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare top executive salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Top Executives

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage
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Table 1 shows the average annual salary for top executives in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) top executives is $177,480. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $117,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid top executives is $53,560.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of top executives in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Top Executive Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of top executives in 112 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for top executive occupations is the computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry with an annual salary $174,110. The lowest paying industry is the cut and sew apparel manufacturing industry (annual salary $75,110). For detailed top executive salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Tobacco Manufacturing
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Hardware Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Household Appliance Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
Forging and Stamping
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills
Ship and Boat Building
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Other Food Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Grain and Oilseed Milling
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
Textile Mills
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing
Animal Slaughtering and Processing
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Fabric Mills
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Machine Shops
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
Footwear Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Textile Furnishings Mills
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
Printing and Related Support Activities
Printing and Related Support Activities
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
Textile Product Mills
Beverage Manufacturing
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Other Textile Product Mills
Wood Product Manufacturing
Animal Food Manufacturing
Apparel Knitting Mills
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
Sawmills and Wood Preservation
Apparel Manufacturing
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].


Highest paying industries for top executives.