annual wages of general and operations managers in May 2008 were $91,570. The
middle 50 percent earned between $62,900 and $137,020. Because the specific
responsibilities of general and operations managers vary significantly within
industries, earnings also tend to vary considerably. Median annual wages in the
industries employing the largest numbers of general and operations managers were
|Computer systems design and related services||$133,140|
|Management, scientific, and technical consulting services||130,390|
|Management of companies and enterprises||113,690|
|Building equipment contractors||91,370|
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Median annual wages of wage and salary chief executives in May 2008 were $158,560. Some top executives of large companies earn hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $1 million annually, although salaries vary substantially by type and level of responsibilities and by industry. Government executives often earn considerably less.
In addition to salaries, total compensation for corporate executives often includes stock options and other performance bonuses. Among other benefits commonly enjoyed by top executives in private industry are the use of executive dining rooms and company-owned aircraft and cars, access to expense allowances, and company-paid insurance premiums and physical examinations. A number of chief executive officers also are provided with company-paid club memberships and other amenities. Nonprofit and government executives usually get fewer benefits.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition