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Top Executive Salary Information

The salary statistics of top executives are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of top executives in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of top executives within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The top executives annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Top Executive Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,140
25th Percentile Wage
$66,030
50th Percentile Wage
$103,120
75th Percentile Wage
$163,740
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for top executives. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $163,740. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $103,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,140. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 279% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of top executives from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$103,120
0.78% 3.46%
2016
$102,320
1.35% -
2015
$100,940
0.03% -
2014
$100,910
0.59% -
2013
$100,310
0.76% -
2012
$99,550
- -

Table 2. Top Executive Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of top executives in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for top executives occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $151,840. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $61,710).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$151,840
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$144,270
Finance and Insurance
$140,240
Utilities
$127,300
Information
$127,120
Mining
$123,500
Manufacturing
$119,530
Wholesale Trade
$113,300
Educational Services
$106,970
Construction
$103,720
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$99,220
Transportation and Warehousing
$97,270
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$94,810
Health Care and Social Assistance
$94,550
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$90,660
Federal, State, and Local Government
$88,980
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$82,620
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$77,600
Retail Trade
$74,430
Accommodation and Food Services
$61,710

Table 3. Salaries of Top Executive Related Occupations

The average annual salary of top executive related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Chief Executives
$153,290
General and Operations Managers
$91,540
Legislators
$59,870



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