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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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
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
-6.05% -4.75%
1.13% -
-2.47% -
2.88% -
-0.39% -
- -

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

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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