Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.

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)
1,409,780 0.4 % $29.52 $61,400 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.69 $17.29 $24.48 $35.72 $51.02
Annual Wage (2) $26,390 $35,950 $50,920 $74,310 $106,130


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 231,100 $33.81 $70,330
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 108,740 $28.44 $59,150
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 90,460 $27.50 $57,210
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 55,550 $29.48 $61,320
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 51,180 $24.80 $51,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 850 $43.38 $90,220
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,520 $41.49 $86,300
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 210 $40.62 $84,480
Support Activities for Water Transportation 90 $39.96 $83,130
Satellite Telecommunications 40 $39.70 $82,580


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Pennsylvania 77,620 $30.25 $62,920 13.928
Colorado 30,180 $30.77 $64,000 13.506
Georgia 51,850 $29.03 $60,370 13.333
Alabama 24,160 $25.37 $52,780 12.965
New Hampshire 7,680 $30.40 $63,240 12.396

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Connecticut 15,750 $36.31 $75,520 9.554
New York 104,350 $34.61 $71,990 12.295
Minnesota 27,030 $34.09 $70,910 10.287
New Jersey 43,410 $33.65 $69,990 11.274
Massachusetts 29,150 $33.44 $69,560 9.197


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 10,470 $26.29 $54,690 21.173
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 2,080 $31.79 $66,120 20.884
Odessa, TX 1,170 $27.54 $57,280 19.397
Manchester, NH 1,890 $28.62 $59,530 19.026
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 6,440 $30.68 $63,820 17.660

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 930 $40.89 $85,050 12.442
Portsmouth, NH-ME 750 $40.78 $84,810 13.726
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,980 $38.98 $81,090 6.726
New Haven, CT 2,580 $38.30 $79,660 9.456
Barnstable Town, MA 530 $38.26 $79,570 5.554


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010