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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
$47,880
25th Percentile Wage
$105,330
50th Percentile Wage
$178,040
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 $178,040. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $105,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid chief executives is $47,880.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of chief executives in the industry sector of retail trade from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016178,0401.13%1.23%
2015176,020-2.47%-
2014180,3602.88%-
2013175,170-0.39%-
2012175,850--

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

The average salaries of chief executives in 33 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 electronics and appliance stores industry with an annual salary $204,890. 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
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$204,890
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$204,890
Nonstore Retailers
$200,500
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
$193,950
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$185,730
Furniture Stores
$180,570
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$177,550
Vending Machine Operators
$177,450
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$175,900
Health and Personal Care Stores
$175,540
Health and Personal Care Stores
$175,540
Home Furnishings Stores
$165,710
Direct Selling Establishments
$164,950
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
$160,820
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
$159,080
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
$153,280
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$152,870
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$151,390
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$146,510
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
$132,790
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$132,370
General Merchandise Stores
$131,730
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
$131,390
Other General Merchandise Stores
$131,070
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$131,000
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$127,510
Grocery Stores
$126,240
Book Stores and News Dealers
$122,120
Food and Beverage Stores
$119,270
Gasoline Stations
$116,870
Gasoline Stations
$116,870
Sporting Goods Stores
$99,790
Specialty Food Stores
$93,350

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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