Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.


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)
110,560 1.6 % $27.98 $58,190 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.28 $18.70 $25.13 $33.78 $45.14
Annual Wage (2) $29,700 $38,890 $52,270 $70,260 $93,900


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)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 20,320 0.92 $32.50 $67,610
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,850 0.80 $27.16 $56,490
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 5,420 0.50 $24.86 $51,710
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 5,090 0.58 $28.41 $59,100
Grocery Stores 4,780 0.18 $22.12 $46,010

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,610 1.30 $29.27 $60,880
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 3,940 1.23 $28.08 $58,410
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,850 1.22 $27.66 $57,530
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 1,750 1.21 $34.17 $71,070
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,260 1.08 $27.76 $57,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $52.30 $108,780
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $38.70 $80,500
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 100 0.06 $36.84 $76,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $36.70 $76,330
Specialized Design Services 100 0.08 $36.53 $75,970


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 16,630 1.10 1.34 $27.72 $57,660
New York 8,520 0.97 1.18 $32.93 $68,500
Texas 8,320 0.74 0.91 $28.16 $58,570
Illinois 5,080 0.88 1.08 $28.68 $59,650
Pennsylvania 4,230 0.75 0.92 $27.34 $56,880



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)
Hawaii 870 1.41 1.73 $21.34 $44,380
Oregon 2,310 1.37 1.68 $24.87 $51,730
Minnesota 3,610 1.32 1.62 $31.11 $64,700
Washington 3,480 1.20 1.47 $25.06 $52,120
Vermont 340 1.13 1.38 $22.49 $46,780



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 230 0.49 0.60 $37.58 $78,170
New Jersey 2,970 0.77 0.94 $33.69 $70,080
New York 8,520 0.97 1.18 $32.93 $68,500
Georgia 2,190 0.55 0.67 $32.10 $66,770
Massachusetts 3,460 1.04 1.27 $31.25 $65,000




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 5,730 1.41 1.73 $26.38 $54,870
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,610 1.04 1.27 $35.78 $74,420
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,780 1.01 1.23 $29.10 $60,530
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,010 1.65 2.02 $32.73 $68,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,580 0.91 1.11 $30.24 $62,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,330 1.04 1.27 $29.30 $60,950
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,860 1.25 1.53 $29.85 $62,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,840 1.03 1.25 $32.51 $67,610
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,660 1.57 1.92 $25.88 $53,840
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,560 1.52 1.85 $26.66 $55,460



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)
Eugene-Springfield, OR 290 2.03 2.48 $20.83 $43,330
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 700 1.77 2.16 $29.60 $61,560
Honolulu, HI 770 1.72 2.10 $21.41 $44,530
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,010 1.65 2.02 $32.73 $68,070
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,660 1.57 1.92 $25.88 $53,840
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 310 1.55 1.89 $28.21 $58,690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,560 1.52 1.85 $26.66 $55,460
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 610 1.51 1.84 $28.03 $58,300
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 400 1.50 1.83 $23.95 $49,810
Danbury, CT 100 1.48 1.81 $18.48 $38,440