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Chief Executive Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

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

Average Annual Salary of Chief Executives

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chief executives in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $201,290. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $131,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chief executives is $85,390.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of chief executives in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2016.

YearMedian Salary Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Chief Executive Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of chief executives in 82 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 chief executive occupations is the industrial machinery manufacturing industry with an annual salary $207,930. The lowest paying industry is the sawmills and wood preservation industry (annual salary $137,900). For detailed chief executive salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Hardware Manufacturing
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Beverage Manufacturing
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Animal Food Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Grain and Oilseed Milling
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Textile Product Mills
Household Appliance Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Ship and Boat Building
Other Food Manufacturing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Textile Furnishings Mills
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Fabric Mills
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Animal Slaughtering and Processing
Machine Shops
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Printing and Related Support Activities
Printing and Related Support Activities
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
Other Textile Product Mills
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
Forging and Stamping
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Wood Product Manufacturing
Tobacco Manufacturing
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
Sawmills and Wood Preservation

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


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