Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
91,060 0.9 % $34.17 $71,080 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.05 $22.99 $31.22 $42.22 $54.79
Annual Wage (2) $35,450 $47,810 $64,930 $87,810 $113,970

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 7,030 $44.78 $93,150 1 10
Federal government (OES designation) 3,550 $41.76 $86,860 2 17
Local government (OES designation) 2,430 $29.29 $60,920 3 170
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 2,240 $29.40 $61,150 4 168
General medical and surgical hospitals 2,070 $28.10 $58,440 5 180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Lessors of real estate 60 $62.19 $129,360 185 1
Activities related to real estate (6) $52.49 $109,170 (6) 2
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 40 $51.77 $107,680 206 3
Promoters of performing arts and sports (6) $50.78 $105,630 (6) 4
Other food manufacturing 280 $48.26 $100,370 92 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 980 $40.06 $83,320 0.165% 37
Illinois 6,350 $31.17 $64,820 0.110% 68
Maryland 2,420 $32.82 $68,270 0.099% 78
Kentucky 1,710 $26.72 $55,570 0.099% 80
Alaska 280 $29.88 $62,160 0.096% 76

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Jersey 2,180 $45.18 $93,980 0.056% 29
Michigan 2,500 $41.62 $86,570 0.058% 33
New York 4,310 $41.35 $86,020 0.052% 49
California 10,520 $40.78 $84,820 0.072% 46
Connecticut 1,090 $40.64 $84,530 0.066% 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
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 160 $32.63 $67,870 0.138%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 170 $34.80 $72,380 0.137%
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,080 $47.21 $98,190 0.123%
Sheboygan, WI MSA 70 $30.74 $63,940 0.122%
Pittsfield, MA MSA 50 $35.41 $73,640 0.120%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA (6) $47.76 $99,350 (6)
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 600 $47.58 $98,960 0.094%
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,080 $47.21 $98,190 0.123%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 140 $46.76 $97,250 0.090%
New York, NY PMSA 1,930 $46.73 $97,200 0.049%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) 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 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: May 7, 2004

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