Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

13-1022 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.


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)
108,220 1.5 % $27.07 $56,300 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.98 $18.00 $23.87 $32.38 $43.25
Annual Wage (2) $29,070 $37,430 $49,650 $67,360 $89,970


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 17,660 0.93 $29.66 $61,690
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 6,660 0.84 $29.86 $62,100
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 6,480 0.91 $28.05 $58,340
Grocery Stores 4,990 0.20 $20.03 $41,660
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4,330 0.72 $25.40 $52,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 2,070 1.51 $31.73 $66,000
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,890 1.32 $25.81 $53,670
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,640 1.31 $26.64 $55,410
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 3,070 1.26 $25.78 $53,620
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,060 1.12 $27.25 $56,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $41.51 $86,350
Insurance Carriers 80 0.01 $37.33 $77,640
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 30 0.03 $34.09 $70,900
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 230 0.02 $33.96 $70,640
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 320 0.35 $33.73 $70,150


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 14,120 1.01 1.19 $26.67 $55,470
New York 8,660 1.04 1.22 $31.58 $65,700
Texas 8,090 0.80 0.94 $27.75 $57,730
Pennsylvania 6,120 1.12 1.31 $27.51 $57,230
New Jersey 5,550 1.47 1.73 $32.90 $68,430




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)
Arkansas 2,260 1.99 2.34 $26.87 $55,890
Hawaii 870 1.53 1.79 $19.90 $41,390
New Jersey 5,550 1.47 1.73 $32.90 $68,430
Oregon 2,080 1.33 1.56 $22.46 $46,730
Vermont 340 1.18 1.39 $21.32 $44,350




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 5,550 1.47 1.73 $32.90 $68,430
New York 8,660 1.04 1.22 $31.58 $65,700
Minnesota 2,950 1.15 1.35 $30.11 $62,620
Rhode Island 190 0.43 0.51 $29.50 $61,370
Maryland 2,460 1.00 1.18 $29.44 $61,240

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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,950 1.40 1.64 $34.64 $72,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,540 1.19 1.40 $25.57 $53,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,520 1.26 1.48 $28.55 $59,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,480 1.48 1.73 $31.43 $65,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,990 0.80 0.94 $30.69 $63,830
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,960 1.08 1.27 $30.26 $62,940
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,940 0.88 1.04 $29.99 $62,380
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.51 0.60 $28.01 $58,260
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,790 1.49 1.75 $31.86 $66,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,760 1.05 1.23 $31.38 $65,280




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 1,600 8.30 9.75 $27.39 $56,980
Prescott, AZ 160 3.04 3.57 $25.04 $52,080
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 230 2.66 3.12 $30.91 $64,280
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 330 2.14 2.52 $31.63 $65,780
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 160 1.91 2.24 $28.56 $59,410
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,670 1.76 2.07 $27.91 $58,050
Honolulu, HI 730 1.73 2.04 $19.85 $41,280
Eugene-Springfield, OR 240 1.73 2.04 $18.22 $37,910
Springfield, MO 310 1.69 1.99 $20.20 $42,020
Barnstable Town, MA 150 1.64 1.92 $27.71 $57,640




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)
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 160 0.73 0.85 $35.38 $73,600
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,950 1.40 1.64 $34.64 $72,060
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 830 0.87 1.02 $33.68 $70,050
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 160 0.69 0.81 $33.63 $69,950
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 30 0.79 0.93 $33.46 $69,590
Lexington-Fayette, KY 110 0.46 0.53 $33.41 $69,480
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 200 0.82 0.96 $33.05 $68,740
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 60 1.28 1.50 $32.03 $66,610
Pittsfield, MA 40 1.22 1.44 $31.91 $66,360
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,790 1.49 1.75 $31.86 $66,270

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)
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 1.20 1.41 $23.59 $49,070
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 160 1.32 1.55 $27.99 $58,210
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 160 0.69 0.81 $22.25 $46,270
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 150 0.81 0.96 $22.74 $47,290
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 150 1.51 1.78 $23.46 $48,810

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)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 40 3.15 3.70 $34.17 $71,060
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 2.09 2.45 $19.78 $41,150
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 150 1.51 1.78 $23.46 $48,810
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 140 1.51 1.77 $19.40 $40,350
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 140 1.35 1.59 $21.79 $45,320

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)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 40 3.15 3.70 $34.17 $71,060
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.64 0.76 $33.09 $68,830
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.77 0.91 $30.43 $63,300
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 1.11 1.30 $30.39 $63,210
Linn County, Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 1.15 1.35 $30.18 $62,780


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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