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Top Executive Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of top executives in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare top executive salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Top Executives

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$61,450
25th Percentile Wage
$94,260
50th Percentile Wage
$145,310
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for top executives in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $145,310. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $94,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid top executives is $61,450.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of top executives in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016145,310-0.17%4.03%
2015145,5500.79%-
2014144,4001.30%-
2013142,5202.15%-
2012139,460--

Compare Top Executive Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of top executives in 16 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for top executive occupations is the research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $182,360. The lowest paying industry is the photographic services industry (annual salary $77,900). For detailed top executive salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$182,360
Scientific Research and Development Services
$177,650
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$153,530
Engineering Services
$148,210
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$147,030
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$145,950
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$145,310
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$144,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$143,760
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$140,370
Legal Services
$127,110
Specialized Design Services
$122,050
Testing Laboratories
$116,410
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$114,410
Veterinary Services
$84,240
Photographic Services
$77,900

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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