Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

11-3061 Purchasing Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
65,220 0.8 % $48.36 $100,600 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.46 $34.42 $45.71 $59.02 $72.08
Annual Wage (2) $55,040 $71,600 $95,070 $122,760 $149,920


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9,680 0.51 $55.80 $116,070
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,800 0.19 $59.24 $123,220
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,340 0.49 $50.83 $105,720
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,180 0.04 $39.45 $82,050
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,890 0.47 $50.94 $105,960

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 540 0.59 $46.96 $97,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9,680 0.51 $55.80 $116,070
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,340 0.49 $50.83 $105,720
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 740 0.47 $54.32 $112,980
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,890 0.47 $50.94 $105,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 280 0.21 $67.35 $140,080
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 80 0.01 $64.47 $134,090
Postal Service 30 0.01 $63.86 $132,830
Oil and Gas Extraction 80 0.05 $62.73 $130,490
Other Telecommunications 30 0.03 $62.37 $129,720


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,890 0.56 1.10 $52.07 $108,300
Texas 4,240 0.42 0.82 $52.34 $108,870
Illinois 3,390 0.61 1.20 $40.52 $84,290
New York 3,230 0.39 0.75 $55.46 $115,350
Virginia 2,570 0.73 1.42 $52.50 $109,210




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,360 2.13 4.16 $59.10 $122,930
Connecticut 1,640 1.03 2.00 $45.69 $95,040
Minnesota 2,160 0.84 1.65 $51.66 $107,450
Virginia 2,570 0.73 1.42 $52.50 $109,210
Wisconsin 1,830 0.70 1.36 $43.67 $90,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 2,460 0.65 1.27 $61.22 $127,340
District of Columbia 1,360 2.13 4.16 $59.10 $122,930
New York 3,230 0.39 0.75 $55.46 $115,350
Colorado 670 0.31 0.60 $54.56 $113,490
Delaware 150 0.37 0.71 $53.27 $110,810

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,140 1.37 2.68 $58.57 $121,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,270 0.59 1.16 $52.63 $109,470
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,230 0.45 0.87 $63.44 $131,950
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,170 0.61 1.19 $41.00 $85,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,770 1.06 2.06 $53.35 $110,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,460 0.66 1.29 $53.29 $110,850
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,320 0.53 1.03 $53.68 $111,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.59 1.16 $56.56 $117,640
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.88 1.72 $50.89 $105,860
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,150 0.69 1.35 $56.94 $118,440




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 120 2.09 4.07 $45.48 $94,600
Danbury, CT 110 1.65 3.22 $48.91 $101,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,140 1.37 2.68 $58.57 $121,820
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 200 1.29 2.52 $54.28 $112,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,090 1.27 2.48 $59.39 $123,540
Huntsville, AL 250 1.24 2.42 $52.31 $108,810
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 450 1.21 2.36 $41.42 $86,160
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 100 1.18 2.30 $40.42 $84,070
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 120 1.15 2.23 $44.83 $93,240
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 110 1.13 2.21 $56.17 $116,830




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,230 0.45 0.87 $63.44 $131,950
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 720 0.75 1.46 $61.60 $128,120
Kokomo, IN 30 0.91 1.76 $61.15 $127,190
Boulder, CO 70 0.45 0.87 $60.09 $124,990
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 380 0.32 0.61 $59.60 $123,960
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 640 0.67 1.30 $59.57 $123,910
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,090 1.27 2.48 $59.39 $123,540
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 330 0.34 0.67 $59.24 $123,210
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 110 0.56 1.10 $59.13 $123,000
Austin-Round Rock, TX 300 0.39 0.77 $59.09 $122,910

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.54 1.04 $37.27 $77,510
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.46 0.89 $38.61 $80,310
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.81 1.57 $36.75 $76,440
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 120 0.62 1.20 $36.41 $75,730
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.30 0.59 $34.79 $72,350

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.81 1.57 $36.75 $76,440
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.77 1.50 $36.31 $75,530
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 1.40 $30.45 $63,330
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 1.27 $43.50 $90,480
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.65 1.26 $44.40 $92,340

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.68 $64.76 $134,700
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $58.17 $121,000
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.69 $57.68 $119,980
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.63 1.23 $50.33 $104,690
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.33 $49.23 $102,410


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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: May 17, 2011

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