Highest Paying Industries for Retail Sales Workers

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Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing25.1952390
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing22.3846540
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services22.1846130
Rail Transportation21.7645270
Ship and Boat Building21.2444180
Machinery Manufacturing20.6742990
Automobile Dealers20.3342280
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing20.2342070
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing19.8841350
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing19.7941160
Plastics Product Manufacturing19.5640680
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities19.1939910
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages19.1339780
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing18.2137880
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers17.8537130
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance17.837030
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing17.6936790
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers17.6236650
Residential Building Construction17.3436070
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing17.3436060
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing17.2735920
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing17.2735910
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers17.2435870
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers17.2135810
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing17.1735710
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers17.1535670
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair17.0535460
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers17.0435440
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)16.9935340
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned16.9935340
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods16.9835310
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing16.9735300
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers16.9235190
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing16.935160
Natural Gas Distribution16.8535050
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors16.8435040
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers16.7534850
Security Systems Services16.7534850
General Freight Trucking16.7134760
Other Building Equipment Contractors16.6834690
Construction of Buildings16.6434620
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing16.6534620
Building Finishing Contractors16.634540
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing16.5934510
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing16.5734460
Other Specialty Trade Contractors16.5434410
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers16.5334390
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance16.3934100
Death Care Services16.3233940
Specialty Trade Contractors16.2733830
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers16.2533800
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing16.2133720
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers16.1833650
Air Transportation16.1333560
Building Equipment Contractors16.1133500
Sound Recording Industries16.0833460
Freight Transportation Arrangement16.0633400
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing15.9233110
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers15.8733000
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing15.8332920
Couriers and Express Delivery Services15.7132680
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services15.6732580
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution15.6332500
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals15.6232490
Truck Transportation15.632450
Support Activities for Water Transportation15.5632370
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)15.5632360
Offices of Physicians15.532250
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing15.4232070
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)15.4132050
Wholesale Trade15.432040
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing15.3932020
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing15.3431900
Chemical Manufacturing15.3331890
Scheduled Air Transportation15.3131840
Software Publishers15.331830
Other Wood Product Manufacturing15.2931810
Investigation and Security Services15.2731770
Furniture Stores15.2631740
Wood Product Manufacturing15.1131420
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing15.1131420
Water, Sewage and Other Systems15.0831370
Wired Telecommunications Carriers14.9431070
Repair and Maintenance14.830780
Automotive Repair and Maintenance14.830780
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors14.7730720
Depository Credit Intermediation14.6930540
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing14.6630490
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned14.6430450
Support Activities for Air Transportation14.6130390
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing14.630360
Couriers and Messengers14.5530260
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers14.5430240
Federal Executive Branch14.5230200
Federal government, including the US Postal Service14.5230200
Rubber Product Manufacturing14.4430030
Specialized Freight Trucking14.4330020
Federal, State, and Local Government14.3929930
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service14.3929930
Sawmills and Wood Preservation14.3629870
State government, including schools and hospitals14.2929730
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors14.2929720
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction14.2729670
Direct Selling Establishments14.1829500
Newspaper Publishers14.1729470
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing14.1729460
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction14.1529430
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses14.1429410
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly14.1129350
Nonstore Retailers14.129330
Publishing Industries (except Internet)14.129320
Activities Related to Real Estate14.0929300
General Rental Centers14.0229150
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing14.0129140
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers1429120
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals13.9829070
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing13.9729050
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores13.9629030
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned13.9429000
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers13.9328960
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing13.8528810
Miscellaneous Manufacturing13.8528810
Computer Systems Design and Related Services13.8528800
Utility System Construction13.8228740
Electronics and Appliance Stores13.7928690
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance13.7628630
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing13.728490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services13.6528400
Telephone Call Centers13.6128320
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing13.5928270
Apparel Manufacturing13.5528190
Other Information Services13.5128090
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)13.4928050
Offices of Optometrists13.4728020
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers13.4627990
Printing and Related Support Activities13.4527970
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing13.4427960
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)13.4327940
Machine Shops13.4127900
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service13.3727810
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores13.3727800
Ambulatory Health Care Services13.3527760
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores13.327660
Other Telecommunications13.2827630
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services13.2527570
Nonresidential Building Construction13.2127480
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing13.2127470
Real Estate13.227460
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing13.1927440
Junior colleges, State government owned13.1227300
Building Material and Supplies Dealers13.1227290
Textile Furnishings Mills13.0927220
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance13.0927220
Management of Companies and Enterprises13.0627160
Home Furnishings Stores13.0527140
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers13.0527130
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing13.0427120
Home Health Care Services13.0127070
Local government, including schools and hospitals13.0127070
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other13.0127060
Technical and trade schools, State government owned12.9826990
Hospitals, Local government owned12.9626960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned12.9626950
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles12.9326900
Rental and Leasing Services12.9126850
Other Investment Pools and Funds12.8726760
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned12.8426720
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services12.8426700
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers12.8326690
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned12.8326690
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing12.8226670
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)12.7926600
Hospitals, Privately owned12.7826580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)12.7726560
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing12.7626550
Transportation and Warehousing12.7526510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned12.7426510
Junior colleges, Privately owned12.7226450
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)12.726420
Lessors of Real Estate12.6826380
Specialized Design Services12.6726350
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned12.6726350
Hospitals, State government owned12.6526310
Travel Agencies12.6526300
Cable and Other Subscription Programming12.6426290
Casino Hotels12.6226240
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing12.5826170
Beverage Manufacturing12.5826170
Offices of Other Health Practitioners12.5826170
Junior colleges, Local government owned12.5626110
Warehousing and Storage12.5526100
Charter Bus Industry12.425780
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers12.3825750
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores12.3725730
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers12.3725720
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing12.3425660
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction12.3225620
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services12.325570
Finance and Insurance12.2425450
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned12.2125400
Religious Organizations12.225380
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations12.225380
Grantmaking and Giving Services12.1825340
Exterminating and Pest Control Services12.1725310
Photographic Services12.1625290
Nondepository Credit Intermediation12.1525270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)12.1225210
Services to Buildings and Dwellings12.0925140
Educational Services, Privately owned12.0825130
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation12.0725110
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers12.0625090
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land12.0625090
Support Activities for Transportation12.0425040
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services12.0425040
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers12.0425030
Animal Food Manufacturing12.0124980
Oil and Gas Extraction11.9824920
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing11.9724900
Grain and Oilseed Milling11.9724890
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation11.9324800
Broadcasting (except Internet)11.9124760
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)11.924760
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities11.924750
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)11.8924730
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors11.8724700
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods11.8724700
Traveler Accommodation11.8824700
Educational Services, State government owned11.8724680
Business Support Services11.8524650
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)11.8424620
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services11.8324600
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation11.8124570
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation11.824550
Landscaping Services11.824550
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities11.7924530
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned11.7724480
Textile Product Mills11.7624470
Household Appliance Manufacturing11.7624470
Educational Services, Local government owned11.7724470
Office Administrative Services11.7624450
Urban Transit Systems11.7424430
Textile Mills11.7324400
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners11.6924310
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing11.6824290
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation11.6624260
Consumer Goods Rental11.6324180
Administrative and Support Services11.6224180
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services11.6224170
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water11.6124160
Land Subdivision11.6124150
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned11.5724070
All industries11.5524020
Veterinary Services11.5524020
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists11.5524020
All industries, private ownership only11.5323990
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers11.5123930
Water Transportation11.5123930
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations11.523930
Taxi and Limousine Service11.523920
Retail Trade11.4923900
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)11.4423800
Other Textile Product Mills11.4123740
Waste Collection11.4123740
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)11.423710
Employment Services11.3623630
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers11.3623630
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned11.3523600
Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance11.3423600
Waste Management and Remediation Services11.3423580
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers11.3323570
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services11.3223550
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)11.3223550
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events11.2923490
Footwear Manufacturing11.2223330
Civic and Social Organizations11.1823260
Social Advocacy Organizations11.1523200
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries11.1423170
Performing Arts Companies11.1423160
Outpatient Care Centers11.123080
Legal Services11.0823050
Educational Support Services, Privately owned11.0522990
Inland Water Transportation11.0522980
Spectator Sports11.0522980
Vending Machine Operators11.0322940
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers11.0222930
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)11.0222920
Other Support Services10.9922870
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing10.9822850
Sporting Goods Stores10.9722820
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing10.9722810
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)10.9622800
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned10.9622800
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores10.9422760
Waste Treatment and Disposal10.9122690
Health and Personal Care Stores10.8922660
Gambling Industries10.8822640
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services10.8522570
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters10.8122490
Miscellaneous Store Retailers10.7822410
Clothing Stores10.7422330
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores10.7222290
Personal Care Services10.7122290
Support Activities for Road Transportation10.722250
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities10.6922240
Animal Slaughtering and Processing10.6922230
Other Support Activities for Transportation10.6822220
Facilities Support Services10.6822210
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation10.6522150
Other Food Manufacturing10.6422140
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation10.6322110
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions10.6322110
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores10.622040
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction10.5922030
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries10.5922030
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers10.5922030
Shoe Stores10.5822010
Individual and Family Services10.5721990
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries10.5521950
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores10.5221890
Specialty Food Stores10.4721790
Food and Beverage Stores10.4621760
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores10.4621750
Grocery Stores10.4521740
Other Personal Services10.4421720
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing10.4321700
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities10.421630
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities10.3921610
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities10.3821600
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging10.3821590
Personal and Laundry Services10.3821590
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing10.3721570
Other General Merchandise Stores10.3621560
Used Merchandise Stores10.3321490
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps10.3221470
Special Food Services10.3121450
General Merchandise Stores10.2821370
Pharmacies and Drug Stores10.2421310
Scientific Research and Development Services10.2321270
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences10.2321270
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting10.1821170
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry10.1821170
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers10.1821170
Department Stores10.1821170
Support Activities for Crop Production10.1721150
Social Assistance10.1721150
Dairy Product Manufacturing10.1321080
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage10.1121040
Food Manufacturing10.121010
Drycleaning and Laundry Services10.121010
Amusement Parks and Arcades10.0820980
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities10.0820960
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)9.9720730
Vocational Rehabilitation Services9.9420670
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing9.9120610
Book Stores and News Dealers9.920590
Other Residential Care Facilities9.8320440
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing9.7420270
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers9.5319820
Accommodation and Food Services9.4619670
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries9.4319620
Motion Picture and Video Industries9.4219580
Full-Service Restaurants9.4119570
Motion Picture and Video Exhibition9.3919540
Other Financial Investment Activities9.3519450
Gasoline Stations9.2719280
Food Services and Drinking Places9.2519250
Local Messengers and Local Delivery9.219140
Restaurants and Other Eating Places9.1419010
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation8.9818670

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