The Highest Paying Management Jobs

Top 10 Highest Paying Management Jobs

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If you are a strong team leader who enjoys overseeing large projects and making the tough decisions, you might be well suited for a management position. There are a number of different management jobs in a variety of fields, each with a unique set of responsibilities.

Just as no management position is alike, neither are management salaries.

Here are the top ten highest paying management jobs in America as of May 2012, according to an employment survey from the US Department of Labor.

Chief Executive

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Chief executives plan, coordinate and oversee operational activities of companies. They work to ensure that their companies meet their goals. Chief executives work in a variety of public and private-sector industries.

Although they earn, on average, the highest salary of all management positions, they also work extremely long hours and are essentially responsible for the success of their companies.

Chief executives earn an average mean salary of $176,840.

Architectural and Engineering Manager

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Architectural and engineering managers plan, coordinate and oversee projects in architecture and engineering. They may work on projects to develop new products and designs, or work to identify technical problems with current projects.

As managers, they must know how to implement budgets for projects, assess equipment needs and hire and supervise employees.

Architectural and engineering managers earn an average mean salary of $133,240.

Natural Sciences Manager

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Natural sciences managers plan and supervise the work of other scientists. Depending on their field, they may work with biologists, chemists or physicists in a variety of fields.

Natural science managers may be working to advance scientific research, develop new products or improve manufacturing processes. Along with overseeing fellow scientists, managers must coordinate their activities with contractors, material suppliers and other managers.

Natural science managers earn an average mean salary of $130,400.

Marketing Manager

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Marketing managers plan and oversee programs to generate interest in a service or product. A marketing manager identifies markets for its company’s products, and develops strategies to maximize profits and customer satisfaction.

The manager works with sales, public relations and product development to ensure the success of each marketing program.

Marketing managers earn an average mean salary of $129,870.

Computer and Information Systems Manager

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Computer and information systems managers (also known as information technology managers) plan, coordinate and oversee technology-related activities within an organization.

They determine the information technology needs of a company, and then implement programs to see that these needs are met. They also direct and oversee the work of other information technology (IT) workers. IT managers can work in a variety of fields that rely on technology.

Computer and information systems managers earn an average mean salary of $129,130.

Financial Manager

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Financial managers oversee the financial health of an organization. They help devise long-term financial goals for their organization, and implement these plans through investment activities, financial reports and analysis of market trends. They typically work closely with other managers to make financial decisions for the company.

Financial managers earn an average mean salary of $123,260.

Sales Manager

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Sales managers direct their organization’s sales department or team. They set sales goals and implement training programs and work strategies to improve employees’ sales records.

Sales managers earn an average mean salary of $119,980.

General and Operations Manager

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General and operations managers direct a variety of different operations. Their duties may include managing the daily operations of a company, formulating policies or developing and overseeing specific projects.

General managers and operations managers earn an average mean salary of $114,850.

Human Resources Manager

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Human resources managers oversee the administration functions of a company, including the recruiting, interviewing and hiring of employees. They oversee the work of recruiters and other human resources employees. Human resources managers often serve as a link between the management and employees of a company.

Human resources managers earn an average mean salary of $109,590.

Public Relations/Fundraising Manager

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Public relations and fundraising managers plan and oversee programs that ensure a favorable public image for their employer or client. Their work may involve developing public relations programs and media releases, and developing and planning fundraising events and strategies.

Public relations and fundraising managers earn an average mean salary of $109,590.

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More Information: Bureau of Labor Statistics - National Employment and Wage Data