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10. Senior Business Manager
Median Salary: $97,136.00
Change in Salary (2008–2014): +11%
Total Employees: 27,600
Change in Employees (2008–2014): -16%
This is corner-office country—the vice-presidents, executive directors, and C-suite executives who occupy the top levels of private-sector management in fields like finance, telecom, engineering and high-tech. Though the median salary for this group is around $97,000, there is significant headroom depending on the size of the company you work for. The bigger the company, the larger the paycheque you can command—and that doesn't count other compensation such as stock or performance bonuses, common at the higher end of the leadership ladder.