Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

41-4011 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers where technical or scientific knowledge is required in such areas as biology, engineering, chemistry, and electronics, normally obtained from at least 2 years of post-secondary education.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry 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)
371,580 1.5 % $30.51 $63,460 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.83 $18.98 $26.80 $38.16 $51.93
Annual Wage (2) $28,770 $39,480 $55,740 $79,380 $108,010

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
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 50,540 $33.44 $69,560 1 26
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 38,670 $33.93 $70,580 2 22
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers 35,920 $30.77 $64,000 3 51
Electric goods merchant wholesalers 24,070 $28.08 $58,400 4 88
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 21,350 $29.66 $61,690 5 64

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other telecommunications 50 $47.97 $99,770 167 1
Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets 50 $38.64 $80,380 166 2
Other food manufacturing 170 $38.23 $79,510 126 3
Technical and trade schools 140 $37.71 $78,430 131 4
Other financial investment activities 170 $37.57 $78,140 124 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
New Hampshire 4,320 $32.47 $67,550 0.713% 38
Arizona 12,940 $24.37 $50,690 0.576% 110
Washington 11,810 $30.09 $62,590 0.461% 99
North Carolina 16,830 $25.28 $52,590 0.453% 111
Massachusetts 13,700 $32.97 $68,580 0.428% 71

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Maryland 5,520 $40.09 $83,380 0.227% 25
Kansas 4,190 $37.39 $77,780 0.322% 22
Connecticut 5,550 $36.39 $75,690 0.338% 54
New Jersey 14,010 $35.86 $74,590 0.363% 63
Minnesota 8,120 $35.40 $73,630 0.312% 44

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
Nashua, NH PMSA 920 $28.74 $59,770 1.021%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 1,120 $34.84 $72,480 0.897%
Rocky Mount, NC MSA 480 $33.57 $69,820 0.775%
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA 11,700 $24.26 $50,450 0.737%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 9,280 $30.35 $63,120 0.715%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Trenton, NJ PMSA 440 $46.17 $96,030 0.212%
New York, NY PMSA 4,300 $44.40 $92,360 0.108%
Lawrence, KS MSA 80 $43.58 $90,640 0.169%
Bridgeport, CT PMSA 450 $42.46 $88,320 0.244%
Baltimore, MD PMSA 2,090 $42.44 $88,270 0.173%

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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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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