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Top Executive Salary in Sector of Wholesale Trade

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

Average Annual Salary of Top Executives

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,270
25th Percentile Wage
$74,150
50th Percentile Wage
$114,190
75th Percentile Wage
$186,070
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for top executives in the industry sector of wholesale trade. 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 $186,070. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $114,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid top executives is $53,270.

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 wholesale trade from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016114,1901.16%2.19%
2015112,8700.55%-
2014112,250-0.05%-
2013112,3100.55%-
2012111,690--

Compare Top Executive Salary in Different Industries within the Wholesale Trade Sector

The average salaries of top executives in 23 industries in the wholesale trade 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 wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers industry with an annual salary $129,900. The lowest paying industry is the farm product raw material merchant wholesalers industry (annual salary $81,300). For detailed top executive salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$129,900
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$129,900
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$129,530
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$129,510
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$128,900
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers
$123,550
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$122,370
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$120,330
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$119,630
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$119,080
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
$118,650
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$113,370
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$112,140
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$109,700
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$109,210
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$108,340
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$106,240
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$105,810
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$102,020
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$98,760
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$92,140
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
$86,860
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
$81,300

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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