Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
1,403,590 0.7 % $26.20 $54,500 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.69 $15.85 $22.16 $31.95 $44.62
Annual Wage (2) $24,310 $32,970 $46,090 $66,450 $92,810

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 173,750 $29.66 $61,700
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 98,700 $25.20 $52,410
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 87,630 $25.67 $53,390
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 58,670 $26.70 $55,530
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 47,580 $22.65 $47,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Securities and commodity contracts brokerage (7) $73.55 $152,980
Insurance and employee benefit funds (7) $45.90 $95,480
Oil and gas extraction 180 $37.22 $77,420
Independent artists, writers, and performers 190 $36.96 $76,870
Apparel knitting mills 190 $36.52 $75,960

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 120,280 $30.37 $63,170 1.449%
Florida 101,080 $23.98 $49,870 1.352%
Colorado 28,230 $26.58 $55,290 1.325%
Illinois 75,630 $27.04 $56,240 1.318%
Ohio 65,120 $26.42 $54,960 1.223%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Connecticut 19,060 $32.70 $68,010 1.162%
New Jersey 41,220 $32.04 $66,630 1.057%
New York 120,280 $30.37 $63,170 1.449%
Massachusetts 34,200 $30.35 $63,130 1.093%
Minnesota 30,890 $29.63 $61,630 1.177%

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 18,970 $21.27 $44,240 1.907%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 22,450 $33.11 $68,860 1.841%
Denver, CO PMSA 19,550 $26.96 $56,080 1.709%
Dallas, TX PMSA 31,250 $26.95 $56,060 1.644%
Manchester, NH PMSA 1,810 $25.80 $53,670 1.627%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 2,800 $39.11 $81,350 1.406%
Danbury, CT PMSA 1,460 $38.95 $81,010 1.600%
Bridgeport, CT PMSA 2,580 $36.28 $75,470 1.377%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 680 $36.20 $75,290 1.269%
San Jose, CA PMSA 7,280 $36.01 $74,910 0.854%

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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