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Highest-Paying Management Jobs

Saige Driver
Saige Driver

Do you love taking charge, connecting with employees and being a good communicator? If so, you may have what it takes to be a great manager. Thankfully, there are management positions available in every industry.

If you're considering this career path, check out these management jobs. According to an employment survey from the U.S. Department of Labor, here are the top 10 highest paying management jobs in America as of May 2017.

1. Chief executives

Chief executives, also known as the C-suite, are the highest-ranking individuals in a company and usually make the most money. In 2017, the average annual mean salary was $196,050 or $94.25 per hour.

Chief executives make major decisions about the company, manage operations and typically reports to the board of directors. 

2. Computer and information systems managers

Computer and information systems managers, also known as information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, are responsible for creating the information technology goals of an organization. They also implement computer systems to meet goals.  

While some IT managers need a bachelor's degree in computer or information science, many have graduate degrees. The average annual mean salary was $149,730 or $71.99 per hour in 2017.

3. Architectural and engineering managers

"Architectural and engineering managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies," according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While most of these managers work in an office, some may work in research labs, industrial production plants or on construction sites.

Architectural and engineering managers earn an annual mean salary of $146,290 or $70.33 per hour.

4. Marketing managers

In general, marketing managers create, report and implement marketing initiatives. According to CareerBuilder, marketing managers control communication between a company and customers. They also manage internal teams to promote messages and publish media across different channels while also working closely with sales, public relations, and product development teams.

The annual mean salary for marketing managers is $145,620 or $70.01 per hour.

5. Financial managers

"Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization," according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization."

These managers work in many industries, such as banks and insurance companies, and typically have a bachelor's degree. The mean annual salary is $143,530 or $69.01 per hour.

6. Sales managers

Sales managers lead the organization's sales teams. "They set sales, analyze data and develop training programs for organizations' sales representatives," per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Sales managers typically have a bachelor's degree, and some are required to travel often. These managers earn an annual mean salary of $137,650 or $66.18 per hour.

7. Natural sciences managers

Natural sciences managers lead and supervise scientists, such as chemists, physicists, and biologists. They also manage research and development, and coordinate activities, including testing, quality control, and production.

These managers typically have a bachelor's degree and work in offices. However, some natural sciences managers may work in laboratories. The mean annual salary for natural sciences managers is $133,670 or $64.26 per hour.

8. Compensation and benefits managers

The best companies offer competitive compensation and benefits packages. A compensation and benefits manager is responsible for planning, developing and overseeing programs to compensate employees. These managers are needed in every industry and work in offices.

The annual mean salary of a compensation and benefits manager is $130,010 or $62.50 per hour.

9. Public Relations and fundraising managers

Public relations managers plan, direct and create material to improve the public image of their employer or client. Fundraising managers coordinate and plan campaigns to bring in donations to their organization, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While these individuals typically work in the office, they may travel for speeches or events. The annual mean salary for these managers is $127,690 or $61.39 per hour.

10. Human resources managers

Human resources managers are needed in every industry. They usually oversee the recruiting, interviewing and hiring of new staff. They also serve as a link between employees and the organization's management.

While some human resources managers need to travel for meetings or recruitment, most work in offices full time. They earn an annual mean salary of $123,510 or $59.38 per hour.

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Saige Driver
Saige Driver
Business News Daily Contributing Writer
Saige received her bachelor's degree in journalism and telecommunications from Ball State University. She is the social media coordinator for Aptera and also writes for and Business News Daily. She loves reading and her beagle mix, Millie.