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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
$42,310
25th Percentile Wage
$57,160
50th Percentile Wage
$85,770
75th Percentile Wage
$132,800
90th Percentile Wage
$193,610

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
201685,7705.35%12.71%
201581,1803.38%-
201478,4402.08%-
201376,8102.53%-
201274,870--

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
$117,180
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$115,890
Nonstore Retailers
$115,340
Automobile Dealers
$113,450
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$110,420
Department Stores
$97,010
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$96,870
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$88,360
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$88,360
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
$83,500
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
$82,660
Health and Personal Care Stores
$81,320
Health and Personal Care Stores
$81,320
Furniture Stores
$81,260
General Merchandise Stores
$80,150
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$76,320
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$76,160
Vending Machine Operators
$76,110
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$75,870
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$75,420
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$73,850
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$73,230
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
$72,330
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$70,020
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$68,190
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
$66,120
Home Furnishings Stores
$65,870
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
$64,770
Food and Beverage Stores
$62,450
Grocery Stores
$62,020
Other General Merchandise Stores
$61,750
Florists
$59,700
Sporting Goods Stores
$58,530
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
$58,100
Clothing Stores
$56,860
Gasoline Stations
$55,050
Gasoline Stations
$55,050
Used Merchandise Stores
$52,830
Specialty Food Stores
$52,710
Book Stores and News Dealers
$48,280
Shoe Stores
$47,930

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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