Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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
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)
378,080 1.5 % $32.37 $67,330 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.55 $20.03 $28.17 $40.62 $55.07
Annual Wage (2) $30,270 $41,660 $58,580 $84,480 $114,540

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 53,460 $33.11 $68,860
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers 42,890 $32.71 $68,040
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 36,980 $35.73 $74,320
Computer systems design and related services 22,340 $37.10 $77,160
Electric goods merchant wholesalers 21,910 $29.91 $62,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other financial investment activities 100 $42.81 $89,050
Other food manufacturing 150 $41.95 $87,250
Furniture and furnishing merchant wholesalers 850 $40.87 $85,020
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing 850 $39.85 $82,890
Software publishers 7,920 $38.51 $80,090

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
New Hampshire 4,220 $32.95 $68,540 0.688%
Massachusetts 16,750 $36.03 $74,940 0.536%
Arizona 11,790 $24.36 $50,660 0.510%
Washington 12,960 $32.41 $67,410 0.502%
North Carolina 16,990 $27.31 $56,800 0.456%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Georgia 14,690 $38.74 $80,570 0.386%
New Jersey 13,060 $38.72 $80,540 0.336%
Maryland 5,650 $38.07 $79,180 0.230%
New York 14,190 $37.34 $77,660 0.172%
Connecticut 5,660 $37.17 $77,320 0.347%

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 970 $27.36 $56,910 0.991%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 1,100 $36.83 $76,600 0.905%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 10,450 $33.60 $69,890 0.804%
Manchester, NH PMSA 880 $37.39 $77,770 0.788%
Portsmouth-Rochester, NH-ME PMSA 970 $35.66 $74,180 0.767%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Trenton, NJ PMSA 610 $55.99 $116,470 0.279%
New York, NY PMSA 6,090 $44.99 $93,570 0.153%
San Jose, CA PMSA 6,220 $44.84 $93,270 0.732%
Baltimore, MD PMSA 2,270 $42.82 $89,070 0.182%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 520 $42.44 $88,270 0.614%

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.

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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