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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

13-1020 Buyers and Purchasing Agents

Purchase goods or services for further processing, resale, or to enable operation of an establishment. May analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of goods or services. May select, order, and authorize payment according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes wholesale and retail buyers and purchasing agents for farm products, equipment, and raw materials.


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)
407,410 0.7 % $32.47 $67,530 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.83 $23.03 $30.17 $39.63 $50.09
Annual Wage (2) $37,080 $47,900 $62,750 $82,430 $104,190


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 40,320 1.70 $36.35 $75,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 33,980 1.69 $41.43 $86,160
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 18,380 1.31 $29.68 $61,720
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 12,290 1.25 $29.69 $61,740
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 11,860 2.44 $38.78 $80,660

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 11,860 2.44 $38.78 $80,660
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,350 1.84 $29.62 $61,600
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 6,990 1.73 $36.49 $75,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40,320 1.70 $36.35 $75,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 33,980 1.69 $41.43 $86,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 60 0.52 $48.30 $100,460
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 590 0.06 $43.07 $89,580
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 40 0.23 $42.67 $88,760
Natural Gas Distribution 460 0.42 $41.50 $86,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 33,980 1.69 $41.43 $86,160


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 48,260 2.84 1.01 $34.20 $71,150
Texas 37,430 3.09 1.10 $31.89 $66,330
New York 21,460 2.29 0.81 $34.99 $72,780
Florida 21,140 2.46 0.87 $29.27 $60,890
Ohio 17,910 3.31 1.17 $32.45 $67,500




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)
Washington 15,750 4.83 1.72 $34.61 $71,980
Virginia 14,450 3.77 1.34 $37.42 $77,840
Kansas 5,110 3.72 1.32 $29.35 $61,060
New Hampshire 2,350 3.60 1.28 $30.98 $64,440
Wisconsin 9,960 3.50 1.24 $27.28 $56,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,290 3.21 1.14 $47.38 $98,560
New Jersey 11,170 2.76 0.98 $38.95 $81,020
Virginia 14,450 3.77 1.34 $37.42 $77,840
Maryland 8,850 3.30 1.17 $36.96 $76,870
Massachusetts 8,650 2.42 0.86 $35.67 $74,200





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 22,880 2.41 0.86 $37.75 $78,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 19,420 3.17 1.13 $34.06 $70,850
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 11,960 6.03 2.14 $36.16 $75,210
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 11,740 3.29 1.17 $34.45 $71,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 11,680 3.73 1.32 $43.23 $89,920
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,620 2.50 0.89 $31.42 $65,360
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 11,200 3.76 1.33 $31.62 $65,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,470 2.97 1.06 $35.62 $74,090
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,790 3.98 1.41 $34.14 $71,020
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 7,660 3.88 1.38 $36.07 $75,020