Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

41-4011 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers where technical or scientific knowledge is required in such areas as biology, engineering, chemistry, and electronics, normally obtained from at least 2 years of post-secondary education. Excludes "Sales Engineers" (41-9031).


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)
381,080 1.1 % $40.56 $84,360 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.66 $24.66 $35.44 $50.39 $69.43
Annual Wage (2) $36,740 $51,290 $73,710 $104,820 $144,420


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)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 61,260 7.70 $45.28 $94,180
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 56,710 9.40 $39.80 $82,790
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 40,240 20.84 $44.39 $92,330
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 29,260 2.03 $43.87 $91,250
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 22,350 7.23 $36.23 $75,370

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 40,240 20.84 $44.39 $92,330
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 56,710 9.40 $39.80 $82,790
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 61,260 7.70 $45.28 $94,180
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 22,350 7.23 $36.23 $75,370
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 7,280 6.07 $39.23 $81,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 230 0.04 $53.07 $110,380
Satellite Telecommunications 90 0.84 $51.90 $107,940
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $50.90 $105,870
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 540 0.09 $49.95 $103,900
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 3,410 1.42 $48.25 $100,350


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 45,060 3.22 1.07 $42.39 $88,170
Texas 31,790 3.15 1.05 $41.64 $86,610
Florida 31,390 4.42 1.47 $41.09 $85,470
Ohio 21,040 4.28 1.43 $36.41 $75,720
Illinois 18,090 3.27 1.09 $35.76 $74,380




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)
New Hampshire 3,770 6.24 2.08 $47.02 $97,800
Massachusetts 15,110 4.85 1.62 $46.11 $95,910
Utah 5,090 4.44 1.48 $35.42 $73,670
Florida 31,390 4.42 1.47 $41.09 $85,470
Ohio 21,040 4.28 1.43 $36.41 $75,720




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 2,360 3.96 1.32 $62.01 $128,970
New Jersey 10,370 2.75 0.92 $49.50 $102,950
Nevada 1,180 1.06 0.36 $47.88 $99,600
Wyoming 440 1.62 0.54 $47.36 $98,510
New Hampshire 3,770 6.24 2.08 $47.02 $97,800

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-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 12,750 3.60 1.20 $35.46 $73,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,450 4.75 1.58 $39.59 $82,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,550 4.77 1.59 $51.18 $106,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,510 2.49 0.83 $39.49 $82,140
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 9,130 5.51 1.84 $48.30 $100,470
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 8,450 6.15 2.05 $41.21 $85,720
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,900 3.16 1.06 $38.60 $80,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 7,660 4.55 1.52 $38.84 $80,790
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 7,430 4.12 1.37 $44.45 $92,460
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,410 1.49 0.50 $49.94 $103,870




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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 1,600 12.46 4.16 $53.69 $111,680
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,680 10.87 3.63 $45.44 $94,510
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 1,180 10.35 3.45 $43.55 $90,580
Durham, NC 2,220 8.32 2.78 $44.66 $92,880
Austin-Round Rock, TX 5,850 7.70 2.57 $33.15 $68,950
Portsmouth, NH-ME 400 7.39 2.46 $43.75 $90,990
Boulder, CO 1,090 7.16 2.39 $53.48 $111,240
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 800 7.06 2.36 $42.00 $87,350
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,960 6.95 2.32 $48.35 $100,580
Raleigh-Cary, NC 3,310 6.77 2.26 $33.70 $70,100




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)
Rapid City, SD 120 2.02 0.67 $63.99 $133,110
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 450 2.30 0.77 $58.65 $121,980
Longview, WA (8) (8) (8) $58.10 $120,840
Auburn-Opelika, AL (8) (8) (8) $56.80 $118,150
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 800 2.53 0.84 $55.69 $115,830
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 180 0.86 0.29 $53.74 $111,780
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 1,600 12.46 4.16 $53.69 $111,680
Boulder, CO 1,090 7.16 2.39 $53.48 $111,240
Battle Creek, MI 140 2.64 0.88 $53.45 $111,190
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 90 2.08 0.69 $53.37 $111,000

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 690 5.69 1.90 $30.31 $63,040
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 580 1.53 0.51 $30.98 $64,440
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 540 2.50 0.83 $28.16 $58,580
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 540 2.06 0.69 $38.36 $79,790
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 460 3.93 1.31 $25.51 $53,050

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 South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 690 5.69 1.90 $30.31 $63,040
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 460 3.93 1.31 $25.51 $53,050
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 180 3.80 1.27 $26.06 $54,210
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 200 3.34 1.12 $40.55 $84,340
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 320 3.28 1.09 $39.98 $83,150

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)
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 0.25 $70.48 $146,600
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.98 0.33 $58.52 $121,720
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.84 0.28 $52.91 $110,060
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.45 0.15 $46.72 $97,180
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.94 0.31 $44.53 $92,610


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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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011