Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

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)
390,280 1.3 % $34.95 $72,700 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.06 $21.94 $30.98 $43.80 $58.58
Annual Wage (2) $33,410 $45,630 $64,440 $91,090 $121,850

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 57,080 $36.72 $76,370
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 45,710 $37.48 $77,960
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 44,340 $34.77 $72,310
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 26,480 $32.89 $68,400
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 24,340 $39.21 $81,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 80 $47.98 $99,800
Satellite Telecommunications 150 $44.98 $93,560
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 680 $44.95 $93,490
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers 220 $43.03 $89,510
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,310 $41.89 $87,130

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Massachusetts 18,450 $41.00 $85,280 0.582%
New Hampshire 3,460 $33.49 $69,650 0.551%
Utah 5,340 $32.13 $66,840 0.464%
Connecticut 7,610 $39.60 $82,370 0.459%
South Dakota 1,710 $28.72 $59,750 0.449%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Delaware 1,070 $44.27 $92,080 0.252%
Massachusetts 18,450 $41.00 $85,280 0.582%
Rhode Island (8) $40.10 $83,410 (8)
Connecticut 7,610 $39.60 $82,370 0.459%
Maryland 6,460 $38.86 $80,820 0.255%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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-MA NECTA Division 1,380 $30.90 $64,270 1.041%
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,450 $35.36 $73,540 0.939%
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 1,050 $45.36 $94,350 0.882%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 7,180 $45.99 $95,650 0.806%
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 3,150 $44.42 $92,390 0.743%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Dothan, AL (8) $56.84 $118,220 (8)
Johnson City, TN 220 $51.85 $107,850 0.291%
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 590 $48.77 $101,430 0.259%
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 890 $46.52 $96,770 0.262%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 7,180 $45.99 $95,650 0.806%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007

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