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Top Executive Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

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

Average Annual Salary of Top Executives

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,210
25th Percentile Wage
$52,000
50th Percentile Wage
$73,510
75th Percentile Wage
$110,810
90th Percentile Wage
$185,660

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for top executives in the industry sector of retail trade. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) top executives is $185,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $73,510. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid top executives is $36,210.

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 retail trade from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201673,510-1.85%-2.80%
201574,870-0.36%-
201475,140-1.57%-
201376,3200.98%-
201275,570--

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

The average salaries of top executives in 41 industries in the retail 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 automobile dealers industry with an annual salary $116,590. The lowest paying industry is the gasoline stations industry (annual salary $54,570). For detailed top executive salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Automobile Dealers
$116,590
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$103,290
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$92,920
Nonstore Retailers
$92,000
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$85,570
Direct Selling Establishments
$83,960
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$83,560
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$83,560
Department Stores
$83,310
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$81,680
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$80,910
Health and Personal Care Stores
$80,200
Health and Personal Care Stores
$80,200
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$78,330
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
$78,220
Furniture Stores
$76,450
General Merchandise Stores
$73,290
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
$72,510
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$72,210
Sporting Goods Stores
$69,660
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
$68,580
Vending Machine Operators
$68,490
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
$68,420
Other General Merchandise Stores
$68,320
Home Furnishings Stores
$67,730
Grocery Stores
$67,600
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
$66,560
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
$65,960
Food and Beverage Stores
$65,780
Clothing Stores
$65,250
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$64,520
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$64,240
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$63,320
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$60,620
Specialty Food Stores
$60,570
Shoe Stores
$59,000
Florists
$56,700
Book Stores and News Dealers
$55,140
Used Merchandise Stores
$54,960
Gasoline Stations
$54,570
Gasoline Stations
$54,570

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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