Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
413,540 0.6 % $32.19 $66,960 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.49 $22.63 $29.87 $39.34 $49.75
Annual Wage (2) $36,370 $47,070 $62,120 $81,830 $103,480


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 39,630 1.70 $35.61 $74,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 35,220 1.74 $40.40 $84,020
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 18,460 1.39 $29.63 $61,630
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 12,160 1.29 $30.19 $62,800
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 11,720 2.45 $38.89 $80,890

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 11,720 2.45 $38.89 $80,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 35,220 1.74 $40.40 $84,020
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,270 1.74 $30.73 $63,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises 39,630 1.70 $35.61 $74,060
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 6,730 1.68 $35.60 $74,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 730 0.08 $46.00 $95,670
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 50 0.38 $41.55 $86,420
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 50 0.25 $41.45 $86,220
Natural Gas Distribution 470 0.42 $41.30 $85,900
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,030 0.78 $40.53 $84,290


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 52,210 3.13 1.08 $33.63 $69,950
Texas 37,900 3.19 1.10 $32.21 $66,990
New York 22,020 2.39 0.82 $34.39 $71,530
Florida 19,760 2.35 0.81 $29.86 $62,110
Ohio 18,180 3.38 1.17 $31.91 $66,380




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 15,770 4.95 1.71 $34.47 $71,700
Kansas 5,290 3.86 1.33 $29.33 $61,000
District of Columbia 2,710 3.83 1.32 $45.49 $94,620
Virginia 13,680 3.61 1.24 $36.89 $76,740
Alabama 6,750 3.51 1.21 $32.07 $66,700




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 2,710 3.83 1.32 $45.49 $94,620
New Jersey 11,180 2.79 0.96 $38.60 $80,300
Maryland 8,270 3.11 1.07 $37.02 $77,000
Virginia 13,680 3.61 1.24 $36.89 $76,740
Massachusetts 9,240 2.62 0.90 $34.65 $72,060



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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 16,560 2.47 0.85 $37.04 $77,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,200 3.43 1.18 $33.00 $68,640
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 11,360 3.88 1.34 $33.57 $69,830
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 11,130 6.75 2.33 $36.31 $75,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,520 3.78 1.30 $43.00 $89,440
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,310 3.34 1.15 $34.12 $70,960
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,040 2.20 0.76 $31.46 $65,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,450 3.85 1.33 $33.25 $69,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 7,370 2.81 0.97 $33.74 $70,190
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 6,290 3.89 1.34 $35.36 $73,550


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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)
California-Lexington Park, MD 600 13.10 4.51 $42.13 $87,630
Huntsville, AL 2,260 10.17 3.51 $38.89 $80,880
Wausau, WI 500 7.21 2.48 $25.39 $52,820
Warner Robins, GA 480 6.86 2.37 $36.90 $76,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 11,130 6.75 2.33 $36.31 $75,520
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 1,580 6.60 2.28 (8) (8)
Dayton, OH 2,240 6.03 2.08 $36.15 $75,190
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 750 5.87 2.02 $26.81 $55,750
Wichita, KS 1,550 5.24 1.81 $31.82 $66,190
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 890 4.93 1.70 $35.99 $74,850