National » Management » Top Executives » Retail Trade

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

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

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
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Nonstore Retailers
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Direct Selling Establishments
Electronics and Appliance Stores
Electronics and Appliance Stores
Department Stores
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
Health and Personal Care Stores
Health and Personal Care Stores
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
Furniture Stores
General Merchandise Stores
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
Sporting Goods Stores
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
Vending Machine Operators
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
Other General Merchandise Stores
Home Furnishings Stores
Grocery Stores
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
Food and Beverage Stores
Clothing Stores
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Specialty Food Stores
Shoe Stores
Book Stores and News Dealers
Used Merchandise Stores
Gasoline Stations
Gasoline Stations

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


Highest paying industries for top executives.