Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

13-1021 Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
10,370 3.5 % $28.74 $59,770 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.29 $20.15 $26.79 $35.09 $45.28
Annual Wage (2) $31,800 $41,920 $55,720 $72,980 $94,180


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,820 0.25 $30.29 $62,990
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,310 1.75 $29.18 $60,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises 870 0.04 $33.04 $68,710
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 810 0.09 $30.96 $64,390
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 700 0.21 $26.52 $55,160

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,310 1.75 $29.18 $60,690
Animal Food Manufacturing 220 0.43 $27.11 $56,390
Tobacco Manufacturing 40 0.32 $36.81 $76,560
Grain and Oilseed Milling 190 0.31 $32.06 $66,680
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,820 0.25 $30.29 $62,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 $39.58 $82,320
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage (8) (8) $37.15 $77,280
Tobacco Manufacturing 40 0.32 $36.81 $76,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises 870 0.04 $33.04 $68,710
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 70 0.07 $32.43 $67,450


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 970 0.07 0.85 $31.93 $66,410
Illinois 660 0.12 1.47 $28.41 $59,100
Pennsylvania 420 0.07 0.94 $28.87 $60,050
Missouri 420 0.16 2.02 $27.39 $56,970
Nebraska 410 0.45 5.67 $32.11 $66,790




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 260 0.66 8.29 $25.47 $52,990
Nebraska 410 0.45 5.67 $32.11 $66,790
North Dakota 150 0.37 4.62 $31.05 $64,590
Idaho 180 0.30 3.71 $23.45 $48,780
Iowa 370 0.25 3.18 $28.87 $60,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 280 0.24 3.03 $36.93 $76,810
Massachusetts 220 0.07 0.86 $35.76 $74,370
Colorado 60 0.03 0.33 $34.47 $71,690
Montana 50 0.11 1.35 $34.17 $71,080
South Carolina 80 0.04 0.56 $33.08 $68,800





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 1.23 $28.28 $58,810
St. Louis, MO-IL 240 0.19 2.41 $34.59 $71,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.06 0.70 $34.28 $71,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 180 0.08 1.01 $32.10 $66,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.03 0.40 $29.55 $61,460
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 140 0.31 3.92 $40.72 $84,690
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.08 0.95 $28.04 $58,320
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 140 0.08 1.00 $37.24 $77,460
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 130 0.09 1.14 $27.43 $57,050
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.19 2.39 $23.31 $48,480




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 60 0.90 11.36 $38.48 $80,040
Fargo, ND-MN 60 0.50 6.22 $31.34 $65,190
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.31 3.89 $27.04 $56,250
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 140 0.31 3.92 $40.72 $84,690
Boise City-Nampa, ID 80 0.30 3.71 $17.75 $36,910
Salinas, CA 40 0.24 3.03 $39.12 $81,380
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.21 2.62 $29.15 $60,620
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 70 0.21 2.58 $31.91 $66,370
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.19 2.39 $23.31 $48,480
St. Louis, MO-IL 240 0.19 2.41 $34.59 $71,950




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO (8) (8) (8) $47.68 $99,180
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 140 0.31 3.92 $40.72 $84,690
Kansas City, MO-KS 110 0.12 1.46 $39.15 $81,420
Salinas, CA 40 0.24 3.03 $39.12 $81,380
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 60 0.90 11.36 $38.48 $80,040
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.29 $79,640
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 70 0.19 2.38 $37.39 $77,760
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 140 0.08 1.00 $37.24 $77,460
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.58 $35.11 $73,030
St. Louis, MO-IL 240 0.19 2.41 $34.59 $71,950

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.95 11.93 $25.08 $52,160
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.79 9.96 $24.00 $49,920
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.23 2.87 $25.45 $52,950
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.82 10.28 $26.78 $55,710
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.70 8.81 $27.83 $57,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.74 21.85 $24.87 $51,730
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.04 13.10 $31.70 $65,940
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.95 11.93 $25.08 $52,160
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 11.28 $28.31 $58,880
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.82 10.28 $26.78 $55,710

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.96 $74,790
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 6.03 $34.21 $71,170
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 2.39 $33.40 $69,470
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.04 13.10 $31.70 $65,940
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 6.36 $31.48 $65,480


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013