Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.

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)
1,375,380 0.8 % $24.58 $51,130 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.87 $14.74 $20.54 $29.31 $42.79
Annual Wage (2) $22,610 $30,660 $42,730 $60,970 $88,990

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
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 135,910 $29.87 $62,130 1 23
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 95,930 $24.44 $50,830 2 116
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 81,110 $23.44 $48,760 3 147
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 61,820 $25.07 $52,140 4 86
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 46,600 $21.70 $45,130 5 179

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Leather and hide tanning and finishing 80 $34.62 $72,020 232 1
Textile and fabric finishing mills 1,840 $32.81 $68,250 98 2
Power generation and supply 450 $32.68 $67,970 186 3
Educational support services 120 $32.65 $67,910 222 4
Converted paper product manufacturing 8,740 $32.48 $67,560 35 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 York 115,000 $28.05 $58,340 1.387% 154
Georgia 49,540 $24.02 $49,970 1.310% 134
Washington 33,220 $23.02 $47,870 1.296% 217
Florida 89,890 $23.15 $48,150 1.262% 157
Ohio 66,080 $25.02 $52,040 1.234% 109

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 18,480 $31.43 $65,370 1.126% 90
New Jersey 41,400 $30.24 $62,900 1.073% 119
Minnesota 29,750 $28.88 $60,060 1.143% 89
New York 115,000 $28.05 $58,340 1.387% 154
Massachusetts 33,250 $27.80 $57,820 1.039% 126

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
Brockton, MA PMSA 2,120 $24.41 $50,770 2.138%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 950 $38.59 $80,270 1.845%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 21,730 $31.28 $65,060 1.825%
Billings, MT MSA 1,190 $17.40 $36,190 1.800%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 22,930 $23.74 $49,390 1.767%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 2,970 $39.47 $82,090 1.486%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 950 $38.59 $80,270 1.845%
Salinas, CA MSA 1,150 $36.58 $76,080 0.760%
Danbury, CT PMSA 1,150 $36.22 $75,330 1.299%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 2,110 $33.15 $68,960 0.865%

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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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