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  • Highest-paying management jobs
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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
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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
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    #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
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    #36. Food service managers

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

  • #35. Lodging managers
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    #35. Lodging managers

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

  • #34. Social and community service managers
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #30. Emergency management directors

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

  • #29. Gaming managers
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    #29. Gaming managers

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

  • #28. All other education administrators
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    #28. All other education administrators

    Annual mean wage: $88,240
    Mean hourly wage: $42.42
    Employment: 36,190 people

  • #27. Funeral service managers
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    #27. Funeral service managers

    Annual mean wage: $93,090
    Mean hourly wage: $44.76
    Employment: 8,350 people

  • #26. Elementary and secondary school education administrators
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    #26. Elementary and secondary school education administrators

    Annual mean wage: $97,440
    Mean hourly wage: Data not available for seasonal salary workers
    Employment: 250,280 people

  • #25. Other management occupations
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    #25. Other management occupations

    Annual mean wage: $98,940
    Mean hourly wage: $47.57
    Employment: 2,368,680 people

  • #24. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
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    #24. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

    Annual mean wage: $100,740
    Mean hourly wage: $48.43
    Employment: 118,680 people

  • #23. Construction managers
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    #23. Construction managers

    Annual mean wage: $101,000
    Mean hourly wage: $48.56
    Employment: 263,480 people

  • #22. Administrative services managers
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    #22. Administrative services managers

    Annual mean wage: $103,380
    Mean hourly wage: $49.70
    Employment: 270,100 people

  • #21. Postsecondary education administrators
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    #21. Postsecondary education administrators

    Annual mean wage: $107,670
    Mean hourly wage: $51.77
    Employment: 142,160 people

  • #20. Industrial production managers
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    #20. Industrial production managers

    Annual mean wage: $110,580
    Mean hourly wage: $53.16
    Employment: 171,520 people

  • #19. Medical and health services managers
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    #19. Medical and health services managers

    Annual mean wage: $111,680
    Mean hourly wage: $53.69
    Employment: 346,980 people

  • #18. All other managers
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    #18. All other managers

    Annual mean wage: $113,180
    Mean hourly wage: $54.41
    Employment: 430,120 people

  • #17. Training and development managers
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    #17. Training and development managers

    Annual mean wage: $117,690
    Mean hourly wage: $56.58
    Employment: 34,500 people

  • #16. Purchasing managers
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    #16. Purchasing managers

    Annual mean wage: $121,810
    Mean hourly wage: $58.56
    Employment: 70,430 people

  • #15. General and operations managers
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    #15. General and operations managers

    Annual mean wage: $123,460
    Mean hourly wage: $59.35
    Employment: 2,212,200 people

  • #14. Human resources managers
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    #14. Human resources managers

    Annual mean wage: $123,510
    Mean hourly wage: $59.38
    Employment: 136,310 people

  • #13. Advertising and promotions managers
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    #13. Advertising and promotions managers

    Annual mean wage: $123,880
    Mean hourly wage: $59.56
    Employment: 28,100 people

  • #12. Public relations and fundraising managers
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    #12. Public relations and fundraising managers

    Annual mean wage: $127,690
    Mean hourly wage: $61.39
    Employment: 67,300 people

  • #11. Top executives
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    #11. Top executives

    Annual mean wage: $128,020
    Mean hourly wage: $61.55
    Employment: 2,473,740 people

  • #10. Operations specialties managers
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    #10. Operations specialties managers

    Annual mean wage: $129,450
    Mean hourly wage: $62.24
    Employment: 1,752,130 people

  • #9. Compensation and benefits managers
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    #9. Compensation and benefits managers

    Annual mean wage: $130,010
    Mean hourly wage: $62.50
    Employment: 15,520 people

  • #8. Natural sciences managers
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    #8. Natural sciences managers

    Annual mean wage: $133,670
    Mean hourly wage: $64.26
    Employment: 56,210 people

  • #7. Sales managers
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    #7. Sales managers

    Annual mean wage: $137,650
    Mean hourly wage: $66.18
    Employment: 371,410 people

  • #6. Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers
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    #6. Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers

    Annual mean wage: $138,650
    Mean hourly wage: $66.66
    Employment: 685,780 people

  • #5. Financial managers
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    #5. Financial managers

    Annual mean wage: $143,530
    Mean hourly wage: $69.01
    Employment: 569,380 people

  • #4. Marketing managers
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    #4. Marketing managers

    Annual mean wage: $145,620
    Mean hourly wage: $70.01
    Employment: 218,970 people

  • #3. Architectural and engineering managers
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    #3. Architectural and engineering managers

    Annual mean wage: $146,290
    Mean hourly wage: $70.33
    Employment: 179,990 people

  • #2. Computer and information systems managers
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    #2. Computer and information systems managers

    Annual mean wage: $149,730
    Mean hourly wage: $71.99
    Employment: 365,690 people

  • #1. Chief executives
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    #1. Chief executives

    Annual mean wage: $196,050
    Mean hourly wage: $94.25
    Employment: 210,160 people

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