Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
105,610 1.5 % $27.31 $56,810 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.21 $18.50 $24.27 $32.72 $43.63
Annual Wage (2) $29,570 $38,490 $50,490 $68,060 $90,740


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 18,110 0.95 $30.54 $63,520
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,850 0.82 $28.10 $58,460
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 5,500 0.66 $28.51 $59,300
Grocery Stores 4,290 0.17 $21.59 $44,910
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4,240 0.69 $26.06 $54,200

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 1,970 1.43 $30.01 $62,420
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,700 1.38 $25.35 $52,730
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 3,340 1.30 $26.73 $55,600
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,540 1.23 $27.34 $56,880
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 2,690 1.22 $26.30 $54,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 300 0.33 $38.41 $79,890
Insurance Carriers 50 (7) $37.45 $77,890
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 160 0.04 $36.35 $75,600
Other Telecommunications 80 0.07 $35.79 $74,450
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 70 0.03 $35.66 $74,160


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 14,010 1.00 1.21 $27.09 $56,340
New York 8,490 1.01 1.22 $31.99 $66,540
Texas 7,880 0.76 0.93 $27.33 $56,840
Pennsylvania 5,570 1.00 1.22 $26.92 $55,990
New Jersey 4,530 1.20 1.46 $33.27 $69,210




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 2,130 1.87 2.27 $29.99 $62,370
Hawaii 800 1.38 1.68 $21.56 $44,840
Oregon 2,120 1.34 1.63 $22.87 $47,580
Wisconsin 3,290 1.24 1.51 $25.03 $52,050
New Jersey 4,530 1.20 1.46 $33.27 $69,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,090 0.68 0.82 $44.61 $92,790
New Jersey 4,530 1.20 1.46 $33.27 $69,210
New York 8,490 1.01 1.22 $31.99 $66,540
Washington 3,010 1.11 1.34 $30.29 $63,010
Minnesota 2,650 1.02 1.24 $30.01 $62,410





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 6,160 1.22 1.48 $34.75 $72,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,590 1.20 1.46 $26.69 $55,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,510 1.23 1.49 $30.45 $63,330
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,320 0.65 0.79 $24.47 $50,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,190 1.28 1.56 $31.13 $64,750
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,130 0.84 1.02 $26.68 $55,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,050 1.49 1.81 $33.53 $69,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,970 1.09 1.32 $27.31 $56,810
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,610 1.33 1.62 $32.12 $66,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,580 0.71 0.86 $30.51 $63,450




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 190 2.33 2.83 $22.28 $46,350
Green Bay, WI 360 2.20 2.67 $24.49 $50,950
Medford, OR 160 2.12 2.57 $22.32 $46,430
Eugene-Springfield, OR 270 1.96 2.38 $19.46 $40,470
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 80 1.87 2.28 $34.21 $71,160
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 250 1.61 1.95 $32.40 $67,390
Springfield, MA-CT 450 1.56 1.89 $21.15 $43,990
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,050 1.49 1.81 $33.53 $69,730
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 1,230 1.49 1.81 $26.63 $55,390
Honolulu, HI 620 1.47 1.78 $21.50 $44,710