Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm 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)
109,440 1.8 % $28.87 $60,040 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.48 $18.99 $25.65 $34.82 $47.03
Annual Wage (2) $30,110 $39,510 $53,340 $72,430 $97,830


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 18,380 0.80 $33.41 $69,500
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,510 0.74 $28.16 $58,570
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 5,350 0.60 $28.90 $60,120
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 5,170 1.42 $27.89 $58,010
Grocery Stores 5,080 0.19 $22.85 $47,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 5,170 1.42 $27.89 $58,010
Book Stores and News Dealers 1,050 1.19 $21.46 $44,630
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,410 1.18 $29.05 $60,430
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 1,650 1.10 $38.05 $79,150
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,410 0.98 $29.33 $61,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 130 0.08 $46.77 $97,270
Oil and Gas Extraction 40 0.02 $43.20 $89,860
Utility System Construction 30 0.01 $43.11 $89,660
Ship and Boat Building 60 0.04 $40.69 $84,630
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 70 0.05 $40.59 $84,420


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 18,330 1.15 1.47 $28.51 $59,300
Texas 9,290 0.79 1.01 $28.33 $58,920
New York 8,130 0.89 1.15 $34.65 $72,070
Ohio 4,340 0.81 1.04 $29.03 $60,390
Illinois 4,010 0.68 0.87 $31.11 $64,700




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)
Arkansas 3,080 2.58 3.31 (8) (8)
Maine 840 1.41 1.80 $26.25 $54,600
Oregon 2,410 1.35 1.73 $24.93 $51,850
Vermont 400 1.32 1.69 $21.73 $45,200
Minnesota 3,650 1.30 1.66 $31.83 $66,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 8,130 0.89 1.15 $34.65 $72,070
New Jersey 2,120 0.54 0.69 $33.17 $69,000
Minnesota 3,650 1.30 1.66 $31.83 $66,200
Connecticut 1,150 0.69 0.89 $31.78 $66,110
Massachusetts 3,550 1.03 1.32 $31.72 $65,990





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,440 1.53 1.96 $27.92 $58,070
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,210 0.94 1.21 $36.98 $76,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,960 1.55 1.99 $32.84 $68,310
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,560 0.70 0.90 $32.30 $67,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,540 1.60 2.05 $31.04 $64,570
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,510 0.85 1.10 $28.02 $58,280
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,450 1.01 1.30 $29.74 $61,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,920 0.75 0.97 $33.15 $68,960
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,830 1.61 2.07 $26.00 $54,080
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,780 1.14 1.46 $35.22 $73,260