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Sales Manager Salary in Sector of Wholesale Trade

The salary statistics of sales managers in the industry sector of wholesale trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare sales manager salaries in different industries within the wholesale trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Sales Managers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$64,060
25th Percentile Wage
$84,080
50th Percentile Wage
$119,900
75th Percentile Wage
$167,430
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sales managers 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) sales managers is $167,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $119,900. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid sales managers is $64,060.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of sales managers in the industry sector of wholesale trade from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016119,9001.97%4.77%
2015117,5401.09%-
2014116,2601.20%-
2013114,8600.59%-
2012114,180--

Compare Sales Manager Salary in Different Industries within the Wholesale Trade Sector

The average salaries of sales managers 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 sales manager occupations is the apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers industry with an annual salary $151,380. The lowest paying industry is the grocery and related product merchant wholesalers industry (annual salary $93,980). For detailed sales manager salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$151,380
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$138,290
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$133,860
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$133,390
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$133,390
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
$127,970
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$127,800
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$122,000
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$120,100
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$119,970
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$115,830
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$115,540
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$114,310
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$113,470
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
$112,680
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$111,490
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$109,340
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$109,310
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$104,680
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$103,840
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers
$100,790
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
$95,310
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$93,980

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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