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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

13-1020 Buyers and Purchasing Agents

This occupation includes the 2018 and 2010 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 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)
421,280 0.7 % $33.50 $69,680 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.38 $23.69 $30.95 $40.69 $51.69
Annual Wage (2) $38,230 $49,280 $64,380 $84,630 $107,510


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 43,680 1.77 $37.44 $77,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 35,560 1.77 $41.54 $86,410
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 17,680 1.24 $30.87 $64,210
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 12,460 1.26 $31.43 $65,370
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 12,150 0.22 $32.16 $66,890

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 11,540 2.22 $39.47 $82,090
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 35,560 1.77 $41.54 $86,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises 43,680 1.77 $37.44 $77,880
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 7,150 1.76 $36.96 $76,880
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,200 1.71 $30.22 $62,870

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 50 0.42 $49.19 $102,310
Software Publishers 820 0.19 $45.50 $94,640
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,770 1.25 $43.32 $90,110
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 1,660 0.08 $41.78 $86,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 35,560 1.77 $41.54 $86,410


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 45,970 2.64 0.92 $35.06 $72,930
Texas 37,660 3.03 1.06 $34.97 $72,740
New York 25,840 2.71 0.95 $36.55 $76,030
Florida 22,600 2.57 0.90 $31.08 $64,660
Ohio 18,020 3.31 1.15 $32.60 $67,810




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 14,910 4.49 1.57 $35.63 $74,110
Virginia 15,850 4.09 1.43 $38.05 $79,150
Kansas 5,140 3.69 1.29 $30.34 $63,110
New Hampshire 2,430 3.68 1.28 $32.80 $68,230
Colorado 9,720 3.63 1.27 $33.13 $68,900




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 2,540 3.51 1.22 $47.72 $99,250
New Jersey 11,410 2.79 0.97 $40.55 $84,350
Virginia 15,850 4.09 1.43 $38.05 $79,150
Maryland 9,080 3.36 1.17 $37.96 $78,960
New York 25,840 2.71 0.95 $36.55 $76,030





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 27,290 2.83 0.99 $39.16 $81,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 18,540 2.97 1.04 $35.16 $73,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 13,070 4.11 1.43 $43.76 $91,010
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 12,170 3.33 1.16 $39.39 $81,940
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,740 2.51 0.87 $32.11 $66,790
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 11,170 5.53 1.93 $37.39 $77,780
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,850 3.55 1.24 $35.88 $74,620
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,710 3.03 1.06 $36.57 $76,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,220 4.17 1.45 $34.50 $71,760
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 8,130 4.11 1.43 $36.34 $75,580