Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
12,160 3.5 % $29.94 $62,280 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.01 $20.04 $27.05 $36.12 $48.65
Annual Wage (2) $31,220 $41,690 $56,270 $75,140 $101,180


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 2,000 0.27 $29.38 $61,120
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,320 0.06 $31.81 $66,170
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 1,150 0.13 $34.01 $70,740
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,110 1.47 $31.04 $64,560
Grocery Stores 730 0.03 $23.55 $48,970

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 1,110 1.47 $31.04 $64,560
Tobacco Manufacturing 60 0.42 $32.89 $68,400
Grain and Oilseed Milling 200 0.33 $28.34 $58,940
Animal Food Manufacturing 150 0.28 $34.14 $71,010
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 2,000 0.27 $29.38 $61,120

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 60 0.02 $42.35 $88,100
Beverage Manufacturing 80 0.04 $37.75 $78,530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 60 (7) $37.28 $77,540
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $36.78 $76,490
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 130 0.11 $35.48 $73,790


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 1,550 0.10 1.14 $32.36 $67,310
Texas 710 0.06 0.70 $25.54 $53,120
Georgia 650 0.16 1.80 $29.51 $61,380
Missouri 450 0.17 1.88 $25.00 $51,990
Illinois 430 0.07 0.84 $28.18 $58,610



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)
South Dakota 280 0.69 7.80 $32.59 $67,780
Vermont 120 0.38 4.36 $23.85 $49,610
Iowa 360 0.24 2.68 $27.24 $56,650
North Dakota 80 0.18 2.08 $30.18 $62,770
Kansas 240 0.18 2.00 $34.38 $71,510



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 200 0.06 0.68 $37.22 $77,410
Kansas 240 0.18 2.00 $34.38 $71,510
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $34.05 $70,820
South Dakota 280 0.69 7.80 $32.59 $67,780
California 1,550 0.10 1.14 $32.36 $67,310




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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 430 0.17 1.95 $30.66 $63,770
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 380 0.20 2.29 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.06 0.69 $30.97 $64,430
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.62 $27.83 $57,900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 170 0.09 1.03 $30.60 $63,640
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 170 0.15 1.72 $29.57 $61,500
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 0.26 $31.39 $65,280
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 1.43 $32.13 $66,830
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 130 0.07 0.83 $37.67 $78,350
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 130 0.13 1.46 $26.32 $54,750



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)
Rocky Mount, NC 110 2.02 22.88 $26.83 $55,810
Amarillo, TX 60 0.55 6.20 $24.53 $51,020
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 40 0.47 5.33 $29.76 $61,890
Santa Rosa, CA 60 0.34 3.87 $33.28 $69,230
Salem, OR 50 0.34 3.90 $21.42 $44,550
Visalia-Porterville, CA 50 0.33 3.70 $30.79 $64,050
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.29 3.32 $30.68 $63,800
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 30 0.28 3.22 $30.71 $63,870
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 90 0.26 2.90 $37.00 $76,950
Evansville, IN-KY 40 0.25 2.78 $28.39 $59,060



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)
Modesto, CA (8) (8) (8) $39.57 $82,300
Madison, WI 50 0.12 1.37 $39.37 $81,890
Toledo, OH 40 0.14 1.61 $38.98 $81,080
Salinas, CA 40 0.23 2.61 $37.77 $78,560
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 130 0.07 0.83 $37.67 $78,350
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 90 0.26 2.90 $37.00 $76,950
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.09 0.96 $36.83 $76,600
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.11 1.28 $34.71 $72,200
Wichita, KS 30 0.12 1.32 $34.35 $71,440
Pittsburgh, PA 50 0.05 0.52 $34.28 $71,310

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)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.58 17.87 $32.08 $66,730
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.17 13.31 $33.39 $69,450
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 6.38 $29.05 $60,430
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.81 9.22 $29.01 $60,340
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 1.09 12.39 $31.67 $65,880

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)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.58 17.87 $32.08 $66,730
Southeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.49 16.93 $21.09 $43,870
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.17 13.31 $33.39 $69,450
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 1.09 12.39 $31.67 $65,880
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 10.76 $20.98 $43,630

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)
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 5.19 $36.78 $76,500
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.17 13.31 $33.39 $69,450
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.58 17.87 $32.08 $66,730
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 1.09 12.39 $31.67 $65,880
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 4.90 $30.67 $63,790


About May 2015 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 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016