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Sales Manager Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

The salary statistics of sales managers in the industry sector of retail trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare sales manager salaries in different industries within the retail trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Sales Managers

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 sales managers 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) sales managers is $193,610. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $85,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid sales managers is $42,310.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Sales Manager Salary in Different Industries within the Retail Trade Sector

The average salaries of sales managers 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 sales manager occupations is the direct selling establishments industry with an annual salary $117,180. The lowest paying industry is the shoe stores industry (annual salary $47,930). For detailed sales manager salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

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

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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