Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
111,200 1.6 % $28.50 $59,270 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.52 $18.96 $25.45 $34.23 $45.96
Annual Wage (2) $30,200 $39,430 $52,940 $71,210 $95,590


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 20,140 0.89 $32.90 $68,440
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,760 0.78 $28.62 $59,530
Grocery Stores 5,160 0.19 $23.04 $47,930
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 5,080 0.57 $28.97 $60,270
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 4,980 0.46 $25.29 $52,590

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Book Stores and News Dealers 1,120 1.26 $20.89 $43,440
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,500 1.23 $28.17 $58,600
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 4,140 1.22 $28.61 $59,500
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,760 1.15 $28.58 $59,450
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 1,600 1.08 $37.60 $78,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 130 0.08 $42.17 $87,710
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 240 0.06 $41.85 $87,050
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 30 0.01 $38.45 $79,980
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 70 0.05 $38.32 $79,700
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 1,600 1.08 $37.60 $78,220


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 16,770 1.08 1.34 $29.00 $60,320
New York 9,000 1.00 1.24 $32.64 $67,890
Texas 8,480 0.73 0.91 $28.81 $59,920
Illinois 4,740 0.81 1.01 $30.46 $63,350
Ohio 4,350 0.82 1.02 $28.35 $58,970



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)
Arkansas 3,080 2.62 3.25 (8) (8)
Oregon 2,540 1.46 1.81 $24.50 $50,950
Vermont 430 1.41 1.75 $21.53 $44,780
Hawaii 860 1.40 1.73 $22.04 $45,850
Maine 810 1.37 1.70 $25.59 $53,220



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 2,620 0.67 0.83 $34.77 $72,320
New York 9,000 1.00 1.24 $32.64 $67,890
Rhode Island 300 0.64 0.80 $31.62 $65,770
Florida 4,280 0.54 0.67 $31.40 $65,310
Minnesota 3,480 1.26 1.56 $31.07 $64,630




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,820 1.05 1.30 $35.14 $73,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,400 1.31 1.63 $29.78 $61,940
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,160 0.89 1.10 $30.96 $64,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,870 1.53 1.89 $32.47 $67,540
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,430 1.04 1.29 $30.38 $63,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,420 0.83 1.02 $30.18 $62,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,130 1.39 1.72 $28.74 $59,770
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,900 1.74 2.16 $25.19 $52,400
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,840 1.04 1.30 $32.27 $67,120
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.18 1.47 $29.62 $61,620