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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

13-1020 Buyers and Purchasing Agents

This occupation includes the 2018 SOC occupations 13-1021 Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products; 13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products; and 13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products.


National estimates for Buyers and Purchasing Agents
Industry profile for Buyers and Purchasing Agents
Geographic profile for Buyers and Purchasing Agents

National estimates for Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
439,020 0.6 % $ 34.88 $ 72,540 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.48 $ 23.63 $ 30.51 $ 42.22 $ 53.46
Annual Wage (2) $ 38,430 $ 49,150 $ 63,470 $ 87,820 $ 111,200


Industry profile for Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Buyers and Purchasing Agents are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Buyers and Purchasing Agents, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 45,280 1.78 $ 39.63 $ 82,420
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 37,310 1.77 $ 44.47 $ 92,510
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 18,870 1.38 $ 32.18 $ 66,930
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 13,050 0.24 $ 33.43 $ 69,530
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 11,990 2.55 $ 42.26 $ 87,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Book Stores and News Dealers 1,540 2.84 $ 19.94 $ 41,480
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 11,990 2.55 $ 42.26 $ 87,900
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 400 2.04 $ 32.12 $ 66,820
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,330 1.95 $ 33.02 $ 68,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises 45,280 1.78 $ 39.63 $ 82,420

Top paying industries for Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 780 0.74 $ 56.68 $ 117,880
Software Publishers 1,260 0.24 $ 50.96 $ 106,000
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 640 0.07 $ 47.79 $ 99,390
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 1,770 0.09 $ 46.75 $ 97,240
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank (8) (8) $ 46.24 $ 96,180


Geographic profile for Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Buyers and Purchasing Agents are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Buyers and Purchasing Agents, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of buyers and purchasing agents by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 46,780 2.83 0.91 $ 36.51 $ 75,950
Texas 37,330 3.05 0.98 $ 35.06 $ 72,920
Florida 28,460 3.31 1.06 $ 30.91 $ 64,300
New York 25,610 2.95 0.95 $ 38.06 $ 79,160
Virginia 21,860 5.83 1.87 $ 37.80 $ 78,630


Map of location quotient of buyers and purchasing agents by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 21,860 5.83 1.87 $ 37.80 $ 78,630
Washington 15,230 4.75 1.52 $ 37.52 $ 78,040
Alabama 7,550 3.92 1.26 $ 33.33 $ 69,330
Kansas 5,200 3.88 1.25 $ 31.78 $ 66,110
Colorado 10,110 3.86 1.24 $ 35.87 $ 74,600


Map of annual mean wages of buyers and purchasing agents by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,550 3.85 1.23 $ 50.50 $ 105,030
New Jersey 11,200 2.91 0.93 $ 43.77 $ 91,050
Massachusetts 10,650 3.14 1.01 $ 40.09 $ 83,390
Maryland 8,810 3.46 1.11 $ 40.04 $ 83,280
Arkansas 3,910 3.28 1.05 $ 39.59 $ 82,340



Map of employment of buyers and purchasing agents by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 25,760 2.97 0.95 $ 41.66 $ 86,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 18,540 3.24 1.04 $ 35.23 $ 73,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 16,250 5.54 1.78 $ 43.21 $ 89,880
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 12,470 3.47 1.12 $ 35.91 $ 74,690
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,040 2.61 0.84 $ 36.73 $ 76,390
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 10,670 5.57 1.79 $ 39.44 $ 82,040
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 9,400 3.24 1.04 $ 37.00 $ 76,950
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 8,930 3.46 1.11 $ 41.04 $ 85,360
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 8,720 3.56 1.14 $ 30.28 $ 62,980
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,580 3.23 1.04 $ 38.37 $ 79,810


Map of location quotient of buyers and purchasing agents by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Buyers and Purchasing Agents:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 710 15.37 4.93 $ 46.97 $ 97,700
Huntsville, AL 2,480 10.77 3.46 $ 41.70 $ 86,740
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,010 8.22 2.64 (8) (8)
Warner Robins, GA 530 7.19 2.31 $ 39.45 $ 82,050
Dayton, OH 2,390 6.74 2.16 $ 39.58 $ 82,330
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 890 6.68 2.14 $ 29.43 $ 61,220
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 10,670 5.57 1.79 $ 39.44 $ 82,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 16,250 5.54 1.78 $ 43.21 $ 89,880
Columbus, IN 270 5.52 1.77 $ 39.83 $ 82,840
Spartanburg, SC 860 5.49 1.76 $ 33.95 $ 70,620