Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
112,290 1.5 % $27.99 $58,210 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.33 $18.92 $25.18 $33.75 $45.05
Annual Wage (2) $29,800 $39,350 $52,370 $70,190 $93,700


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 21,760 1.02 $32.95 $68,540
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 6,140 0.84 $26.79 $55,730
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 5,110 0.59 $27.51 $57,210
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 4,760 0.46 $25.26 $52,540
Automobile Dealers 4,350 0.39 $32.38 $67,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 1,980 1.40 $30.72 $63,900
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,570 1.31 $27.21 $56,610
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 3,830 1.30 $28.57 $59,430
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,740 1.21 $27.00 $56,150
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,600 1.19 $27.47 $57,130

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) $53.88 $112,070
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 170 0.04 $44.04 $91,610
Department Stores 870 0.06 $42.00 $87,350
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 60 0.04 $38.59 $80,280
Depository Credit Intermediation 30 (7) $37.22 $77,420


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 15,810 1.07 1.27 $27.78 $57,780
New York 8,560 0.99 1.17 $31.82 $66,180
Texas 8,160 0.75 0.88 $29.42 $61,190
Illinois 5,660 0.99 1.17 $26.07 $54,230
Pennsylvania 4,740 0.84 1.00 $27.44 $57,070




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 2,440 2.11 2.49 $31.18 $64,860
Hawaii 970 1.61 1.90 $21.39 $44,490
Washington 4,030 1.42 1.68 $27.77 $57,760
Wisconsin 3,790 1.40 1.66 $25.02 $52,040
Oregon 2,160 1.32 1.56 $25.34 $52,700




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 0.58 $35.94 $74,750
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $34.73 $72,240
New Jersey 3,420 0.89 1.06 $34.31 $71,370
Georgia 2,450 0.63 0.74 $32.27 $67,120
New York 8,560 0.99 1.17 $31.82 $66,180





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,560 1.06 1.25 $34.27 $71,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,520 1.39 1.64 $26.90 $55,960
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,280 1.16 1.37 $25.75 $53,570
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,960 2.04 2.41 $29.04 $60,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,620 0.95 1.12 $29.64 $61,640
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,300 1.07 1.26 $33.17 $69,000
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,070 9.97 11.77 $31.94 $66,430
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,790 1.02 1.21 $32.13 $66,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,760 0.76 0.90 $34.83 $72,450
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.92 1.09 $30.09 $62,600




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,070 9.97 11.77 $31.94 $66,430
Eugene-Springfield, OR 330 2.34 2.76 $21.41 $44,530
Medford, OR 170 2.28 2.69 $23.84 $49,580
Green Bay, WI 370 2.26 2.67 $24.63 $51,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,960 2.04 2.41 $29.04 $60,400
Honolulu, HI 850 1.92 2.26 $21.15 $43,990
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 710 1.87 2.20 $29.92 $62,230
Fond du Lac, WI 80 1.81 2.14 $17.11 $35,580
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 680 1.70 2.01 $25.29 $52,610
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 140 1.62 1.92 $25.42 $52,880