Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

13-1021 Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products

Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Include Christmas tree contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
14,940 3.7 % $24.05 $50,020 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.26 $15.89 $21.03 $28.35 $39.44
Annual Wage (2) $25,490 $33,050 $43,750 $58,970 $82,040

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Farm product raw material merch. whls. 1,960 $22.16 $46,100
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 1,640 $28.55 $59,380
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 1,450 $20.29 $42,190
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 1,390 $22.52 $46,840
Management of companies and enterprises 750 $30.26 $62,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Accounting and bookkeeping services 50 $45.10 $93,810
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. (7) $40.06 $83,320
Nondepository credit intermediation (7) $35.45 $73,730
Computer systems design and related services 40 $34.12 $70,970
Tobacco manufacturing 90 $31.08 $64,650

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
South Dakota 210 $22.01 $45,770 0.058%
Iowa 770 $24.09 $50,110 0.054%
North Dakota 150 $23.22 $48,290 0.048%
Nebraska 380 $26.07 $54,230 0.043%
Kansas 360 $23.03 $47,910 0.028%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Arizona 480 $35.54 $73,910 0.021%
New York 580 $33.89 $70,480 0.007%
Minnesota 460 $30.50 $63,450 0.018%
New Jersey 150 $28.29 $58,840 0.004%
California 1,470 $26.43 $54,980 0.010%

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
Des Moines, IA MSA 190 $22.91 $47,650 0.068%
Yakima, WA MSA 50 $26.88 $55,920 0.065%
Sioux City, IA-NE MSA 40 $23.96 $49,830 0.064%
Yolo, CA PMSA 60 $28.25 $58,760 0.063%
Fresno, CA MSA 210 $25.27 $52,560 0.062%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 40 $44.43 $92,410 0.005%
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA (7) $40.51 $84,250 (7)
Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI MSA 60 $39.23 $81,600 0.011%
Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA 50 $38.88 $80,870 0.007%
New York, NY PMSA 250 $37.88 $78,790 0.006%

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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