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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
$18,990
25th Percentile Wage
$48,730
50th Percentile Wage
$87,180
75th Percentile Wage
$123,060
90th Percentile Wage
$154,730

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 $154,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $87,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid top executives is $18,990.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201687,1803.04%6.84%
201584,530-1.31%-
201485,6402.90%-
201383,1602.33%-
201281,220--

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 $127,030. The lowest paying industry is the local government, excluding schools and hospitals (oes designation) industry (annual salary $72,400). 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)
$127,030
Federal government, including USPS
$127,030
State government, including schools and hospitals
$92,080
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$92,070
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$89,500
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$87,180
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$81,150
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$72,400

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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