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Top Executive Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of top executives in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare top executive salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Top Executives

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,240
25th Percentile Wage
$50,220
50th Percentile Wage
$88,980
75th Percentile Wage
$125,050
90th Percentile Wage
$158,130

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for top executives in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) top executives is $158,130. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $88,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid top executives is $19,240.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of top executives in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$88,980
2.02% 8.72%
2016
$87,180
3.04% -
2015
$84,530
-1.31% -
2014
$85,640
2.90% -
2013
$83,160
2.33% -
2012
$81,220
- -

Compare Top Executive Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of top executives in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $130,690. The lowest paying industry is the local government, excluding schools and hospitals (oes designation) industry (annual salary $75,670). For detailed top executive salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$130,690
Federal government, including USPS
$130,690
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$93,610
State government, including schools and hospitals
$91,260
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$88,980
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$88,120
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$84,180
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$75,670

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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