Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

13-1021 Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.


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)
11,490 3.4 % $30.73 $63,910 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.54 $20.83 $28.09 $37.14 $49.23
Annual Wage (2) $32,330 $43,320 $58,430 $77,250 $102,410


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)
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,880 0.25 $30.00 $62,400
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,180 1.58 $31.82 $66,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,140 0.05 $34.35 $71,440
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 960 0.11 $33.89 $70,500
Grocery Stores 620 0.02 $27.35 $56,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,180 1.58 $31.82 $66,180
Tobacco Manufacturing 60 0.42 $33.92 $70,550
Grain and Oilseed Milling 150 0.26 $29.39 $61,120
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,880 0.25 $30.00 $62,400
Animal Food Manufacturing 140 0.23 $36.56 $76,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $47.07 $97,900
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 120 0.10 $41.26 $85,830
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $37.85 $78,720
Animal Food Manufacturing 140 0.23 $36.56 $76,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,140 0.05 $34.35 $71,440


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 1,350 0.08 1.04 $32.73 $68,090
Texas 770 0.07 0.80 $25.72 $53,500
Georgia 490 0.12 1.42 $32.02 $66,610
Illinois 470 0.08 0.97 $31.18 $64,860
Michigan 440 0.10 1.27 $29.71 $61,800




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)
South Dakota 300 0.72 8.81 $33.04 $68,720
Vermont 100 0.34 4.09 $20.59 $42,820
North Dakota 120 0.28 3.43 $29.15 $60,630
Iowa 340 0.22 2.73 $30.19 $62,790
Kansas 290 0.21 2.55 $32.78 $68,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 40 0.02 0.26 $37.79 $78,600
South Carolina 140 0.07 0.84 $33.41 $69,490
Massachusetts 310 0.09 1.09 $33.28 $69,230
South Dakota 300 0.72 8.81 $33.04 $68,720
Kansas 290 0.21 2.55 $32.78 $68,190





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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 310 0.16 1.99 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 290 0.11 1.38 $34.34 $71,420
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 220 0.06 0.74 $31.14 $64,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.58 $30.55 $63,540
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 200 0.10 1.28 $32.45 $67,500
Kansas City, MO-KS 170 0.17 2.02 $33.21 $69,070
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 160 0.09 1.09 $34.63 $72,030
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 150 0.13 1.54 $19.58 $40,720
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 140 0.20 2.42 (8) (8)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.02 0.25 $38.22 $79,490




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)
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 30 0.38 4.63 $27.95 $58,130
Visalia-Porterville, CA 50 0.34 4.12 $31.78 $66,110
Salem, OR 50 0.33 4.02 $21.29 $44,280
Sioux Falls, SD 50 0.31 3.81 $30.99 $64,460
Bakersfield, CA 80 0.28 3.37 $28.27 $58,810
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.26 3.19 (8) (8)
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.23 2.86 $31.83 $66,200
Salisbury, MD-DE 30 0.22 2.65 $37.13 $77,220
Fargo, ND-MN 30 0.22 2.70 $31.94 $66,440
Evansville, IN-KY 30 0.22 2.67 $28.86 $60,020




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Syracuse, NY 40 0.12 1.51 $43.49 $90,450
Toledo, OH 40 0.13 1.53 $40.05 $83,300
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 0.88 $39.87 $82,940
Raleigh, NC 30 0.05 0.62 $39.16 $81,440
Madison, WI 70 0.18 2.20 $39.14 $81,400
Salinas, CA 40 0.21 2.60 $38.54 $80,170
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.02 0.25 $38.22 $79,490
Salisbury, MD-DE 30 0.22 2.65 $37.13 $77,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.42 $36.96 $76,870
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.37 $34.98 $72,750

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 200 1.51 18.51 $32.71 $68,030
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 90 0.65 7.99 $31.01 $64,490
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.16 14.18 $32.17 $66,910
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 11.20 $34.89 $72,580
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 1.19 14.58 $30.82 $64,110

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 200 1.51 18.51 $32.71 $68,030
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 1.19 14.58 $30.82 $64,110
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.16 14.18 $32.17 $66,910
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 11.20 $34.89 $72,580
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 8.00 $34.95 $72,700

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 5.30 $36.72 $76,370
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 8.00 $34.95 $72,700
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 11.20 $34.89 $72,580
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.76 $33.21 $69,080
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 4.46 $32.92 $68,470


About May 2016 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017