Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

11-3061 Purchasing Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Include wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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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)
105,010 0.8 % $31.85 $66,250 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.54 $21.00 $28.79 $39.40 $51.99
Annual Wage (2) $32,330 $43,670 $59,890 $81,950 $108,140

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management of companies and enterprises 7,440 $42.58 $88,560 1 6
Federal government (OES designation) 3,620 $40.51 $84,250 2 10
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 2,830 $29.56 $61,490 3 142
Local government (OES designation) 2,590 $27.95 $58,130 4 168
General medical and surgical hospitals 2,470 $26.10 $54,280 5 187

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Lessors of real estate 80 $53.65 $111,600 196 1
Highway, street, and bridge construction (6) $51.04 $106,160 (6) 2
Oil and gas extraction 150 $49.00 $101,930 143 3
Promoters of performing arts and sports (6) $48.78 $101,450 (6) 4
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 640 $45.28 $94,190 45 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 990 $38.32 $79,720 0.166% 31
Illinois 7,200 $29.48 $61,310 0.124% 72
Idaho 660 $27.02 $56,210 0.117% 54
Maryland 2,610 $31.93 $66,410 0.107% 67
Georgia 3,900 $33.12 $68,890 0.103% 48

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Jersey 2,300 $43.28 $90,020 0.060% 28
Michigan 2,990 $38.97 $81,060 0.069% 32
New York 4,570 $38.72 $80,530 0.055% 50
District of Columbia 990 $38.32 $79,720 0.166% 31
California 12,040 $37.40 $77,790 0.083% 56

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Huntsville, AL MSA 280 $33.85 $70,410 0.160%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 180 $29.99 $62,390 0.157%
Boise City, ID MSA 340 $30.51 $63,460 0.151%
Missoula, MT MSA 80 $22.66 $47,140 0.150%
Rocky Mount, NC MSA 90 $23.18 $48,220 0.145%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 560 $48.17 $100,190 0.088%
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 180 $44.40 $92,360 0.106%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 150 $43.46 $90,400 0.094%
Jackson, MI MSA 60 $43.08 $89,600 0.104%
New York, NY PMSA 2,090 $43.06 $89,570 0.052%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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