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  • Highest-paying management jobs

    More than 7.28 million Americans work as managers in the United States. A diverse field, managers can be everything from legislators to chief executives to school administrators. They can work on farms, in hospitals, in childcare centers, or at corporations. With an average salary of nearly $120,000 a year, the job pays well—even the median salary is in the six figures.

    Stacker identified the 38 management jobs that pay the highest and listed them in order from least lucrative to most, using 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to BLS, the estimates "are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every state and the District of Columbia."

    It's a large divide, with salaries ranging from less than $50,000 a year to just shy of $200,000. As you browse the list, keep in mind that while some positions look like duplicates at a glance, variants in the title indicate different job descriptions. For example, promotion and sales manager is not the same as sales manager. Here's a look at the profession, the number of people employed, and the salaries they earn.

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  • #38. Legislators

    Annual mean wage: $46,350
    Mean hourly wage: Data not available for seasonal salary workers
    Employment: 51,380 people

  • #37. Preschool and childcare center education administrators

    Annual mean wage: $53,550
    Mean hourly wage: $25.74
    Employment: 49,130 people

  • #36. Food service managers

    Annual mean wage: $57,250
    Mean hourly wage: $27.52
    Employment: 208,110 people

  • #35. Lodging managers

    Annual mean wage: $59,620
    Mean hourly wage: $28.67
    Employment: 36,610 people

  • #34. Social and community service managers

    Annual mean wage: $70,530
    Mean hourly wage: $33.91
    Employment: 141,830 people

  • #33. Property, real estate, and community association managers

    Annual mean wage: $72,370
    Mean hourly wage: $34.79
    Employment: 186,720 people

  • #32. Postmasters and mail superintendents

    Annual mean wage: $75,660
    Mean hourly wage: $36.38
    Employment: 13,960 people

  • #31. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

    Annual mean wage: $80,320
    Mean hourly wage: $38.62
    Employment: 4,610 people

  • #30. Emergency management directors

    Annual mean wage: $81,140
    Mean hourly wage: $39.01
    Employment: 9,560 people

  • #29. Gaming managers

    Annual mean wage: $83,460
    Mean hourly wage: $40.12
    Employment: 4,420 people

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