Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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
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)
72,120 0.9 % $38.27 $79,610 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.40 $26.65 $35.72 $46.59 $59.60
Annual Wage (2) $42,420 $55,440 $74,300 $96,910 $123,960

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Management of companies and enterprises 7,430 $47.56 $98,920
Federal government (OES designation) 3,480 $43.28 $90,010
Local government (OES designation) 2,340 $30.96 $64,400
Electronic instrument manufacturing 2,190 $41.95 $87,250
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 1,530 $43.07 $89,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Department stores 70 $62.16 $129,290
Activities related to real estate 50 $56.65 $117,830
ISPs and web search portals 40 $54.14 $112,600
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 40 $53.41 $111,100
Wired telecommunications carriers 100 $52.49 $109,170

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
District of Columbia 710 $46.28 $96,270 0.116%
Massachusetts 2,520 $40.78 $84,830 0.081%
Tennessee 2,070 $30.06 $62,520 0.078%
Alaska 230 $32.57 $67,750 0.078%
New Hampshire 450 $36.47 $75,860 0.073%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New Jersey 2,190 $50.07 $104,140 0.056%
District of Columbia 710 $46.28 $96,270 0.116%
New York 3,710 $44.48 $92,530 0.045%
Virginia 1,840 $43.22 $89,890 0.053%
Minnesota 1,790 $42.68 $88,780 0.068%

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 200 $33.00 $68,640 0.159%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 210 $33.46 $69,590 0.126%
Huntsville, AL MSA 230 $38.23 $79,520 0.124%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 230 $42.32 $88,020 0.123%
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 190 $39.27 $81,680 0.122%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 600 $55.35 $115,130 0.094%
Newark, NJ PMSA 570 $51.00 $106,070 0.059%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 80 $50.69 $105,430 0.036%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 50 $49.64 $103,250 0.060%
San Jose, CA PMSA 880 $49.43 $102,800 0.103%

About November 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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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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