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Salary of Management Occupations

The average annual salary of management occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all management occupations in the United States. The management occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Management Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$47,330
25th Percentile Wage
$68,630
50th Percentile Wage
$100,790
75th Percentile Wage
$147,090
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for management occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) management occupations is $147,090. The median annual salary is $100,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $47,330.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of management occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016100,7902.21%6.83%
201598,5601.35%-
201497,2301.68%-
201395,6001.77%-
201293,910--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Management Occupations (2016 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all management occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among management professions and range from $23,470 to $181,210. The highest paid management occupations are chief executives with a median annual salary of $181,210. The lowest paid management occupations in the United States are legislators with a median annual salary of $23,470. For more salary information about a specific management profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Chief Executives
$181,210
Computer and Information Systems Managers
$135,800
Architectural and Engineering Managers
$134,730
Marketing Managers
$131,180
Marketing and Sales Managers
$122,930
Financial Managers
$121,750
Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers
$120,420
Natural Sciences Managers
$119,850
Sales Managers
$117,960
Compensation and Benefits Managers
$116,240
Operations Specialties Managers
$112,080
Purchasing Managers
$111,590
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$107,320
Human Resources Managers
$106,910
Training and Development Managers
$105,830
All Other Managers
$104,970
Top Executives
$102,320
Advertising and Promotions Managers
$100,810
General and Operations Managers
$99,310
Industrial Production Managers
$97,140
Medical and Health Services Managers
$96,540
Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$92,510
Postsecondary Education Administrators
$90,760
Administrative Services Managers
$90,050
Construction Managers
$89,300
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$89,190
Other Management Occupations
$87,420
Education Administrators
$86,950
Other Education Administrators
$78,210
Funeral Service Managers
$73,830
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$71,670
Emergency Management Directors
$70,500
Gaming Managers
$69,180
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
$66,360
Social and Community Service Managers
$64,680
Property, Real Estate Managers
$57,040
Lodging Managers
$51,840
Food Service Managers
$50,820
Preschool and Childcare Center Education Administrators
$45,790
Legislators
$23,470