Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

11-1011 Chief Executives

Determine and formulate policies and provide the overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within the guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
346,590 0.7 % $67.27 $139,920 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.76 $43.14 $67.47 (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $57,740 $89,730 $140,350 (5) (5)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local government (OES designation) 19,970 $38.21 $79,470
Management of companies and enterprises 18,960 $79.36 $165,060
Depository credit intermediation 11,630 $65.86 $136,980
Architectural and engineering services 8,410 $72.05 $149,860
State government (OES designation) 7,950 $45.00 $93,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Securities and commodity exchanges 30 $93.48 $194,440
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 720 $88.43 $183,930
ISPs and web search portals 760 $86.91 $180,770
Other financial investment activities 2,440 $85.71 $178,270
Agents and managers for public figures 70 $84.74 $176,250

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Idaho 4,360 $40.02 $83,250 0.759%
District of Columbia 4,170 $66.56 $138,440 0.691%
Massachusetts 20,890 $68.46 $142,400 0.668%
New Hampshire 3,480 $65.69 $136,640 0.568%
Mississippi 5,570 $47.04 $97,840 0.508%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Connecticut 2,450 $81.81 $170,160 0.150%
New Jersey 2,900 $81.43 $169,370 0.075%
California 41,470 $78.39 $163,040 0.285%
Washington 1,790 $78.31 $162,890 0.069%
Colorado 2,250 $76.23 $158,550 0.107%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Jackson, MS MSA 1,960 $45.56 $94,760 0.875%
Boise City, ID MSA 1,750 $49.63 $103,240 0.751%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 13,180 $71.52 $148,750 0.692%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 840 $70.60 $146,850 0.691%
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 1,080 $69.32 $144,180 0.686%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 630 $88.97 $185,050 0.316%
San Jose, CA PMSA 3,950 $88.84 $184,780 0.465%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 170 $86.65 $180,240 0.071%
New York, NY PMSA 10,950 $85.18 $177,170 0.275%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 1,040 $84.63 $176,030 0.080%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.

All Management Occupations

May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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