Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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
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)
1,385,630 0.7 % $25.91 $53,900 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.57 $15.69 $21.83 $31.37 $44.58
Annual Wage (2) $24,070 $32,640 $45,400 $65,260 $92,740

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 165,730 $29.96 $62,320
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 98,310 $25.19 $52,390
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 87,500 $25.26 $52,550
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 56,190 $26.05 $54,170
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 46,930 $22.41 $46,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Securities and commodity contracts brokerage (7) $71.02 $147,730
Apparel knitting mills 180 $37.35 $77,680
Support activities for water transportation 180 $36.74 $76,410
Cut and sew apparel manufacturing 5,090 $35.63 $74,120
Power generation and supply 570 $35.25 $73,320

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 York 118,160 $30.16 $62,740 1.433%
Florida 103,180 $23.88 $49,680 1.407%
Colorado 27,510 $26.47 $55,060 1.303%
Utah 13,120 $24.33 $50,600 1.238%
Illinois 70,570 $26.32 $54,750 1.234%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Connecticut 18,590 $32.75 $68,120 1.138%
New Jersey 40,980 $32.25 $67,080 1.056%
Minnesota 30,570 $30.90 $64,270 1.175%
New York 118,160 $30.16 $62,740 1.433%
Massachusetts 34,740 $29.71 $61,800 1.111%

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
Miami, FL PMSA 20,860 $22.01 $45,780 2.122%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 21,910 $32.08 $66,730 1.811%
Denver, CO PMSA 18,960 $26.57 $55,280 1.671%
Sioux Falls, SD MSA 1,940 $20.83 $43,330 1.647%
Fort Lauderdale, FL PMSA 11,250 $24.44 $50,840 1.603%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 2,740 $38.47 $80,020 1.373%
Salinas, CA MSA 1,070 $38.16 $79,380 0.689%
Danbury, CT PMSA 1,450 $38.03 $79,110 1.587%
Bridgeport, CT PMSA 2,530 $37.40 $77,790 1.353%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 550 $36.68 $76,300 1.034%

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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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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