Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
66,990 0.8 % $49.57 $103,110 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.77 $35.06 $46.70 $60.69 $73.61
Annual Wage (2) $55,680 $72,910 $97,130 $126,240 $153,110


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 9,850 0.52 $56.81 $118,170
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,690 0.23 $59.78 $124,350
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,190 0.46 $52.82 $109,860
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,100 0.04 $40.92 $85,100
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,950 0.48 $52.09 $108,350

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 Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 60 0.56 $35.07 $72,940
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9,850 0.52 $56.81 $118,170
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 580 0.51 $54.47 $113,290
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 780 0.49 $57.11 $118,790
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,950 0.48 $52.09 $108,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 40 0.14 $73.70 $153,300
Specialized Design Services 40 0.03 $71.75 $149,230
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 320 0.23 $68.80 $143,110
Oil and Gas Extraction 190 0.11 $66.91 $139,160
Postal Service 30 (7) $66.44 $138,200


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 7,680 0.55 1.05 $54.63 $113,620
Texas 4,200 0.41 0.78 $54.17 $112,670
Illinois 3,860 0.69 1.32 $40.81 $84,890
New York 3,450 0.41 0.78 $59.59 $123,950
Virginia 2,680 0.75 1.44 $54.43 $113,220




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 1,560 2.42 4.64 $60.52 $125,870
Connecticut 1,640 1.02 1.95 $46.74 $97,220
Minnesota 2,230 0.86 1.65 $50.68 $105,410
Virginia 2,680 0.75 1.44 $54.43 $113,220
Wisconsin 1,930 0.73 1.39 $43.68 $90,850




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 2,350 0.62 1.19 $61.70 $128,340
District of Columbia 1,560 2.42 4.64 $60.52 $125,870
New York 3,450 0.41 0.78 $59.59 $123,950
Delaware 110 0.28 0.54 $56.29 $117,080
Colorado 630 0.29 0.56 $55.51 $115,470





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 3,400 1.47 2.82 $60.36 $125,560
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,520 0.70 1.35 $41.11 $85,520
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,400 0.47 0.91 $68.49 $142,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,200 0.57 1.10 $54.84 $114,080
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,840 1.08 2.06 $52.26 $108,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,480 0.66 1.27 $54.90 $114,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.93 1.79 $54.10 $112,530
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,260 0.49 0.95 $57.66 $119,940
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.62 1.18 $55.99 $116,460
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,110 1.27 2.43 $60.50 $125,840




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 2.05 3.92 $46.83 $97,410
Huntsville, AL 320 1.56 3.00 $53.38 $111,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,400 1.47 2.82 $60.36 $125,560
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 390 1.45 2.78 $56.64 $117,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,110 1.27 2.43 $60.50 $125,840
Danbury, CT 80 1.24 2.37 $47.87 $99,580
Battle Creek, MI 70 1.24 2.37 $52.37 $108,930
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 50 1.19 2.29 $53.96 $112,240
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 180 1.15 2.20 $58.31 $121,290
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 100 1.13 2.17 $46.59 $96,910




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 150 0.77 1.48 $68.53 $142,550
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,400 0.47 0.91 $68.49 $142,450
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 300 0.31 0.59 $62.75 $130,510
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 330 0.42 0.80 $62.20 $129,390
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 600 0.63 1.21 $62.14 $129,250
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 440 0.36 0.70 $61.68 $128,280
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 470 0.84 1.60 $60.73 $126,320
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,110 1.27 2.43 $60.50 $125,840
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 470 0.49 0.94 $60.45 $125,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,400 1.47 2.82 $60.36 $125,560

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 Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 260 1.06 2.02 $47.96 $99,760
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 180 0.66 1.27 $40.81 $84,880
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 0.65 1.24 $30.31 $63,040
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.81 1.54 $35.12 $73,060
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 0.89 1.70 $34.53 $71,810

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 80 1.86 3.57 $61.15 $127,200
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 260 1.06 2.02 $47.96 $99,760
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 0.89 1.70 $34.53 $71,810
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.81 1.54 $35.12 $73,060
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 50 0.77 1.47 $44.87 $93,330

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 80 1.86 3.57 $61.15 $127,200
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.62 1.18 $53.30 $110,870
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 0.81 $48.74 $101,380
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 260 1.06 2.02 $47.96 $99,760
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 0.61 $47.75 $99,310


About May 2011 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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