Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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)
14,300 3.8 % $24.03 $49,980 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.15 $15.91 $21.02 $28.57 $39.58
Annual Wage (2) $25,260 $33,100 $43,720 $59,420 $82,330

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. 2,120 $23.52 $48,920
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 1,560 $21.32 $44,340
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 1,520 $26.84 $55,820
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 1,240 $23.74 $49,370
Management of companies and enterprises 840 $31.17 $64,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Nondepository credit intermediation 110 $34.75 $72,280
Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers 80 $32.46 $67,510
Management of companies and enterprises 840 $31.17 $64,840
Power generation and supply 40 $30.18 $62,770
Tobacco manufacturing 110 $29.92 $62,230

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 290 $21.78 $45,300 0.079%
Iowa 840 $22.49 $46,770 0.059%
Nebraska 400 $28.48 $59,240 0.045%
North Dakota 110 $23.47 $48,810 0.035%
Minnesota 610 $35.73 $74,320 0.023%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Minnesota 610 $35.73 $74,320 0.023%
New York 660 $33.72 $70,150 0.008%
Nebraska 400 $28.48 $59,240 0.045%
California 1,220 $27.09 $56,340 0.008%
Oregon 320 $25.33 $52,680 0.021%

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
Wausau, WI MSA 50 $17.32 $36,030 0.073%
Des Moines, IA MSA 200 $20.54 $42,720 0.069%
Sioux City, IA-NE MSA 40 $23.69 $49,280 0.065%
Yakima, WA MSA 40 $24.46 $50,870 0.052%
Omaha, NE-IA MSA 210 $34.39 $71,540 0.051%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA (7) $48.69 $101,280 (7)
San Jose, CA PMSA 40 $41.25 $85,790 0.005%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 440 $38.39 $79,840 0.026%
New York, NY PMSA 300 $38.03 $79,110 0.008%
Omaha, NE-IA MSA 210 $34.39 $71,540 0.051%

About May 2004 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: June 02, 2005

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