Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
10,180 3.3 % $29.08 $60,500 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.53 $20.46 $26.86 $35.15 $45.04
Annual Wage (2) $32,310 $42,570 $55,860 $73,120 $93,690


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 1,880 0.26 $31.44 $65,390
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,420 1.89 $28.48 $59,230
Management of Companies and Enterprises 880 0.05 $33.99 $70,700
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 720 0.22 $27.21 $56,600
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 660 0.08 $30.64 $63,740

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 1,420 1.89 $28.48 $59,230
Animal Food Manufacturing 180 0.36 $30.74 $63,950
Grain and Oilseed Milling 180 0.31 $28.52 $59,330
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,880 0.26 $31.44 $65,390
Tobacco Manufacturing 40 0.24 $32.94 $68,520

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 $43.15 $89,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 880 0.05 $33.99 $70,700
Tobacco Manufacturing 40 0.24 $32.94 $68,520
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 160 0.03 $32.44 $67,470
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,880 0.26 $31.44 $65,390


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 880 0.06 0.79 $31.75 $66,040
Illinois 650 0.12 1.48 $27.70 $57,610
Pennsylvania 490 0.09 1.11 $27.31 $56,800
Nebraska 450 0.50 6.26 $31.20 $64,900
Minnesota 440 0.17 2.15 $32.41 $67,410




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 300 0.80 10.11 $29.67 $61,720
South Dakota 290 0.73 9.22 $24.86 $51,700
Nebraska 450 0.50 6.26 $31.20 $64,900
Idaho 160 0.27 3.39 $23.44 $48,760
Iowa 340 0.24 2.98 $27.68 $57,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.49 $40.63 $84,500
Massachusetts 250 0.08 0.99 $38.71 $80,510
South Carolina 60 0.03 0.43 $35.76 $74,390
Kansas 250 0.19 2.41 $34.62 $72,020
Wisconsin 260 0.10 1.23 $33.60 $69,890





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 1.04 $28.50 $59,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 220 0.13 1.62 $34.89 $72,570
St. Louis, MO-IL 220 0.17 2.14 $34.27 $71,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.67 $32.36 $67,320
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.10 1.32 $25.46 $52,950
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.03 0.43 $34.40 $71,550
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 160 0.35 4.47 $38.32 $79,710
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.13 1.70 $30.70 $63,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 130 0.06 0.73 $31.74 $66,020
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 130 0.09 1.16 $27.04 $56,230




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)
Salisbury, MD 30 0.63 7.96 $27.23 $56,640
Fargo, ND-MN 60 0.53 6.71 $34.61 $71,980
Sioux Falls, SD 50 0.36 4.54 $26.48 $55,070
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 160 0.35 4.47 $38.32 $79,710
Salinas, CA 40 0.29 3.70 $41.84 $87,030
Salem, OR 30 0.23 2.88 $28.92 $60,150
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.20 2.53 $28.07 $58,390
Reading, PA 30 0.19 2.43 $25.54 $53,130
Lancaster, PA 40 0.19 2.34 $29.21 $60,750
Madison, WI 60 0.18 2.22 $28.54 $59,350




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)
Salinas, CA 40 0.29 3.70 $41.84 $87,030
Kansas City, MO-KS 120 0.13 1.60 $41.74 $86,830
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 90 0.06 0.71 $41.36 $86,030
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 40 0.03 0.37 $39.95 $83,100
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 160 0.35 4.47 $38.32 $79,710
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD (8) (8) (8) $36.74 $76,420
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.83 $36.58 $76,080
Fresno, CA 40 0.14 1.74 $36.25 $75,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 220 0.13 1.62 $34.89 $72,570
Fargo, ND-MN 60 0.53 6.71 $34.61 $71,980

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 110 0.88 11.15 $24.20 $50,340
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 6.96 $24.35 $50,640
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.93 11.75 $25.49 $53,010
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 9.20 $22.30 $46,380
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 6.17 $25.16 $52,340

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)
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 2.05 25.79 $25.17 $52,360
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.12 14.16 $32.12 $66,810
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 12.22 $27.95 $58,140
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.93 11.75 $25.49 $53,010
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.88 11.15 $24.20 $50,340

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.73 $76,390
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.12 14.16 $32.12 $66,810
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 6.01 $31.05 $64,580
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 4.97 $30.95 $64,370
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.41 5.14 $30.49 $63,420


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.

(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 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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