Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

13-1021 Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.


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)
10,250 3.6 % $30.55 $63,540 5.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.82 $19.86 $26.07 $35.56 $48.60
Annual Wage (2) $30,830 $41,300 $54,220 $73,960 $101,080


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)
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,850 0.26 $33.31 $69,290
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,750 2.30 $28.96 $60,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises 750 0.04 $32.38 $67,340
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 720 0.22 $28.83 $59,970
Grocery Stores 570 0.02 $19.53 $40,620

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,750 2.30 $28.96 $60,240
Grain and Oilseed Milling 190 0.33 $28.03 $58,310
Animal Food Manufacturing 160 0.30 $30.53 $63,500
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,850 0.26 $33.31 $69,290
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 720 0.22 $28.83 $59,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $41.71 $86,760
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $40.33 $83,890
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,850 0.26 $33.31 $69,290
Management of Companies and Enterprises 750 0.04 $32.38 $67,340
Beverage Manufacturing 70 0.04 $30.97 $64,420


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 820 0.06 0.72 $36.49 $75,900
Massachusetts 490 0.16 1.93 (8) (8)
Illinois 480 0.09 1.08 $29.67 $61,700
Pennsylvania 470 0.09 1.07 $25.40 $52,830
Minnesota 460 0.18 2.21 $32.68 $67,960




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)
North Dakota 360 1.02 12.61 $28.20 $58,660
South Dakota 370 0.96 11.85 $24.43 $50,820
Nebraska 410 0.46 5.67 $30.01 $62,430
Maine 180 0.32 3.94 $24.79 $51,560
Iowa 440 0.31 3.79 $27.49 $57,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas 210 0.16 2.01 $38.64 $80,370
Connecticut 50 0.03 0.40 $37.16 $77,300
California 820 0.06 0.72 $36.49 $75,900
Michigan 250 0.07 0.82 $36.39 $75,690
New Jersey 180 0.05 0.60 $34.70 $72,190

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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.14 1.72 $35.99 $74,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 0.68 $38.81 $80,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 200 0.11 1.35 $24.95 $51,890
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.58 $31.89 $66,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 140 0.12 1.44 $28.37 $59,010
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 140 0.10 1.25 $28.06 $58,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 130 0.03 0.34 $35.39 $73,620
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 130 0.29 3.53 $30.99 $64,470
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 120 0.12 1.51 $29.14 $60,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 110 0.05 0.65 $30.90 $64,260




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)
Grand Forks, ND-MN 30 0.65 8.09 $25.94 $53,950
Sioux Falls, SD 80 0.59 7.29 $25.68 $53,410
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 100 0.30 3.72 $33.16 $68,960
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 130 0.29 3.53 $30.99 $64,470
Fargo, ND-MN 30 0.27 3.29 $31.14 $64,760
Eugene-Springfield, OR 30 0.24 2.95 $33.18 $69,010
Reading, PA 30 0.22 2.70 $26.70 $55,530
Stockton, CA 40 0.18 2.23 (8) (8)
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 30 0.16 1.97 $27.95 $58,130
Fresno, CA 50 0.15 1.82 $39.67 $82,500




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)
Kansas City, MO-KS 100 0.10 1.24 $44.34 $92,240
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.53 $43.22 $89,900
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.04 0.45 $40.93 $85,130
Fresno, CA 50 0.15 1.82 $39.67 $82,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 0.68 $38.81 $80,730
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.09 1.13 $37.93 $78,890
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 1.10 $36.90 $76,760
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.14 1.72 $35.99 $74,860
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.56 $35.88 $74,630
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 130 0.03 0.34 $35.39 $73,620

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)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.47 18.27 $22.95 $47,730
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 120 0.62 7.71 $24.26 $50,450
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.99 12.27 $26.59 $55,310
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 7.64 $28.09 $58,430
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.39 17.25 $28.19 $58,640

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)
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 2.66 33.02 $27.08 $56,330
Linn County, Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.76 21.82 $36.12 $75,140
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.47 18.27 $22.95 $47,730
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.39 17.25 $28.19 $58,640
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.99 12.27 $26.59 $55,310

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)
Linn County, Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.76 21.82 $36.12 $75,140
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.19 2.33 $33.37 $69,410
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.63 $67,860
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 5.03 $31.89 $66,330
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.82 10.13 $30.63 $63,720


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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