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Chief Executive Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

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

Average Annual Salary of Chief Executives

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,580
25th Percentile Wage
$95,710
50th Percentile Wage
$167,880
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for chief executives in the industry sector of retail trade. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $167,880. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $95,710. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chief executives is $44,580.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of chief executives in the industry sector of retail trade from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$167,880
-6.05% -4.75%
2016
$178,040
1.13% -
2015
$176,020
-2.47% -
2014
$180,360
2.88% -
2013
$175,170
-0.39% -
2012
$175,850
- -

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

The average salaries of chief executives in 35 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 chief executive occupations is the motor vehicle and parts dealers industry with an annual salary $201,250. The lowest paying industry is the specialty food stores industry (annual salary $93,350). For detailed chief executive salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$201,250
Nonstore Retailers
$200,940
Health and Personal Care Stores
$198,910
Health and Personal Care Stores
$198,910
Sporting Goods Stores
$196,400
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$194,710
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
$191,640
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$186,010
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$186,010
Furniture Stores
$180,570
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$177,550
Vending Machine Operators
$177,450
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$175,900
Direct Selling Establishments
$172,680
Home Furnishings Stores
$165,710
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$153,690
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
$153,280
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$148,670
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$146,510
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
$137,350
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
$136,590
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$132,370
General Merchandise Stores
$131,730
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
$131,170
Other General Merchandise Stores
$131,070
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$129,060
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
$127,290
Grocery Stores
$126,240
Book Stores and News Dealers
$122,120
Food and Beverage Stores
$109,340
Food and Beverage Stores
$107,630
Gasoline Stations
$107,090
Gasoline Stations
$107,090
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$103,800
Specialty Food Stores
$93,350

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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