Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
11,290 3.4 % $29.07 $60,470 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.02 $19.84 $26.66 $35.34 $47.01
Annual Wage (2) $31,240 $41,260 $55,450 $73,500 $97,770


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 1,900 0.26 $30.69 $63,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,280 0.06 $32.27 $67,120
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,220 1.65 $29.14 $60,620
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 1,060 0.12 $30.68 $63,820
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 740 0.22 $27.86 $57,940

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 1,220 1.65 $29.14 $60,620
Animal Food Manufacturing 200 0.38 $26.02 $54,110
Tobacco Manufacturing 40 0.33 $39.42 $82,000
Grain and Oilseed Milling 190 0.32 $31.16 $64,810
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,900 0.26 $30.69 $63,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tobacco Manufacturing 40 0.33 $39.42 $82,000
Beverage Manufacturing 70 0.04 $39.33 $81,800
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage (8) (8) $37.11 $77,180
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $36.62 $76,180
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $35.60 $74,050


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 1,270 0.09 1.01 $33.07 $68,800
Illinois 690 0.12 1.42 $26.97 $56,100
Nebraska 610 0.65 7.68 $32.67 $67,950
Missouri 510 0.19 2.25 $29.11 $60,560
Georgia 450 0.12 1.37 $28.93 $60,170




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 270 0.67 7.86 $26.29 $54,680
Nebraska 610 0.65 7.68 $32.67 $67,950
Vermont 100 0.34 4.00 $25.50 $53,040
North Dakota 140 0.33 3.85 $30.45 $63,330
Iowa 370 0.25 2.95 $26.18 $54,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 240 0.07 0.85 $39.07 $81,270
Washington 210 0.07 0.88 $38.09 $79,240
Arkansas 290 0.25 2.99 $36.32 $75,550
Colorado 70 0.03 0.34 $33.99 $70,710
California 1,270 0.09 1.01 $33.07 $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 410 0.11 1.31 $27.06 $56,290
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 340 0.15 1.72 $29.38 $61,110
St. Louis, MO-IL 310 0.24 2.83 $34.58 $71,930
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.20 2.38 $30.90 $64,260
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 280 0.61 7.14 $38.45 $79,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.58 $34.20 $71,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 190 0.04 0.44 $29.13 $60,600
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 170 0.09 1.11 $38.69 $80,470
Salt Lake City, UT 160 0.25 2.97 $27.56 $57,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 110 0.09 1.02 $31.12 $64,730




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)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 280 0.61 7.14 $38.45 $79,980
Fargo, ND-MN 70 0.54 6.36 $29.37 $61,090
Modesto, CA 60 0.37 4.29 $38.40 $79,870
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.27 3.20 $28.04 $58,320
Salinas, CA 40 0.27 3.20 $40.95 $85,190
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 50 0.26 3.10 $33.45 $69,580
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 90 0.26 3.02 $35.79 $74,440
Tulsa, OK 110 0.25 2.95 $22.12 $46,010
Salt Lake City, UT 160 0.25 2.97 $27.56 $57,320
St. Louis, MO-IL 310 0.24 2.83 $34.58 $71,930




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) $48.74 $101,380
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.45 $41.85 $87,060
Salinas, CA 40 0.27 3.20 $40.95 $85,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.58 $84,400
Kansas City, MO-KS 90 0.09 1.05 $39.89 $82,970
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.78 $39.75 $82,670
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 170 0.09 1.11 $38.69 $80,470
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 280 0.61 7.14 $38.45 $79,980
Modesto, CA 60 0.37 4.29 $38.40 $79,870
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.06 0.68 $37.55 $78,110

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 170 1.33 15.60 $25.11 $52,240
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.26 3.01 $29.09 $60,510
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 9.74 $28.85 $60,000
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 5.14 $22.55 $46,910
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.64 19.23 $25.47 $52,980

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)
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.64 19.23 $25.47 $52,980
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.33 15.60 $25.11 $52,240
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.23 14.39 $27.60 $57,410
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 9.74 $28.85 $60,000
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.82 9.57 $29.39 $61,140

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.52 $34.40 $71,560
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.51 $33.66 $70,010
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 4.57 $33.47 $69,610
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.82 9.57 $29.39 $61,140
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.39 $61,140


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014