Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing. Include contract specialists, field contractors, purchasers, price analysts, tooling coordinators, and media buyers. Exclude "Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products" (13-1021) and "Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products" (13-1022).

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)
281,910 0.5 % $28.15 $58,550 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.42 $20.36 $26.35 $34.68 $43.19
Annual Wage (2) $34,160 $42,350 $54,810 $72,130 $89,830


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
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 31,330 $36.61 $76,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 16,640 $29.83 $62,040
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 10,880 $31.50 $65,510
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,740 $26.53 $55,170
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,390 $22.80 $47,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 31,330 $36.61 $76,150
Software Publishers 660 $36.45 $75,820
Postal Service 700 $35.28 $73,390
Rail Transportation 200 $34.89 $72,570
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 160 $34.19 $71,120


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 Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 2,380 $40.01 $83,230 3.735
Virginia 12,900 $32.35 $67,300 3.594
Washington 8,120 $29.66 $61,700 2.910
Arizona 7,040 $25.79 $53,640 2.841
Alabama 5,120 $28.38 $59,020 2.749

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 2,380 $40.01 $83,230 3.735
New Jersey 6,960 $32.67 $67,950 1.807
Maryland 6,480 $32.60 $67,810 2.586
Virginia 12,900 $32.35 $67,300 3.594
Massachusetts 6,640 $31.77 $66,080 2.095


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 Employment per thousand workers
Huntsville, AL 1,880 $34.76 $72,300 9.137
Warner Robins, GA 430 $32.70 $68,010 7.680
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 1,000 $31.88 $66,320 5.480
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 940 $28.01 $58,260 4.792
Wichita, KS 1,320 $27.54 $57,280 4.480

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,190 $37.46 $77,930 3.997
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 100 $37.26 $77,500 2.152
Winchester, VA-WV 190 $36.25 $75,400 3.561
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 280 $35.96 $74,790 2.783
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 2,150 $34.91 $72,620 2.186


About May 2009 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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