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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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage
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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

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
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers

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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