Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing. Excludes "Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products" (13-1021) and "Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products" (13-1022).


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)
280,950 0.6 % $29.96 $62,310 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.36 $21.71 $28.25 $36.56 $45.33
Annual Wage (2) $36,110 $45,160 $58,760 $76,040 $94,280


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,100 1.67 $37.18 $77,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises 17,310 0.86 $31.55 $65,610
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 11,420 2.32 $33.81 $70,330
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,000 0.18 $27.89 $58,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,780 0.17 $24.80 $51,580

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 11,420 2.32 $33.81 $70,330
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 1,810 1.73 $28.12 $58,480
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 6,950 1.72 $31.49 $65,500
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,100 1.67 $37.18 $77,340
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 350 1.60 $28.19 $58,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 1,030 0.61 $37.94 $78,900
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,100 1.67 $37.18 $77,340
Natural Gas Distribution 270 0.25 $37.05 $77,060
Postal Service 570 0.09 $36.80 $76,540
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 40 0.21 $36.56 $76,040


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 31,760 2.22 1.03 $32.29 $67,150
Texas 24,030 2.27 1.05 $30.02 $62,450
New York 15,770 1.85 0.86 $30.02 $62,440
Pennsylvania 14,910 2.66 1.24 $29.83 $62,040
Florida 13,320 1.83 0.85 $26.70 $55,540




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)
District of Columbia 2,430 3.71 1.72 $39.78 $82,750
Alabama 5,950 3.26 1.51 $30.41 $63,250
Washington 8,960 3.24 1.50 $32.99 $68,610
Virginia 11,620 3.23 1.50 $34.31 $71,370
Michigan 11,710 2.99 1.39 $30.13 $62,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,430 3.71 1.72 $39.78 $82,750
Virginia 11,620 3.23 1.50 $34.31 $71,370
New Jersey 6,590 1.74 0.81 $34.21 $71,160
Maryland 6,610 2.63 1.22 $34.12 $70,970
Alaska 660 2.06 0.95 $33.22 $69,100





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,110 2.35 1.09 $30.87 $64,200
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,000 1.75 0.81 $31.30 $65,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,660 3.69 1.71 $39.49 $82,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,970 2.64 1.22 $31.39 $65,290
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,100 3.35 1.55 $32.82 $68,260
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,820 4.13 1.91 $35.18 $73,170
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,980 2.38 1.10 $31.32 $65,140
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,940 1.36 0.63 $29.91 $62,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,760 2.10 0.98 $29.54 $61,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,370 2.50 1.16 $30.42 $63,270