Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
11,250 3.7 % $29.02 $60,350 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.35 $19.60 $26.48 $35.44 $47.38
Annual Wage (2) $29,850 $40,760 $55,080 $73,710 $98,550


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 $30.28 $62,980
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,380 1.83 $30.45 $63,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,200 0.05 $32.31 $67,190
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 880 0.10 $30.37 $63,160
Grocery Stores 690 0.03 $20.75 $43,160

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 1,380 1.83 $30.45 $63,340
Tobacco Manufacturing 50 0.39 $37.07 $77,100
Grain and Oilseed Milling 230 0.39 $30.48 $63,400
Animal Food Manufacturing 190 0.34 $28.20 $58,650
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,880 0.26 $30.28 $62,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beverage Manufacturing 80 0.04 $38.36 $79,790
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage (8) (8) $37.11 $77,180
Tobacco Manufacturing 50 0.39 $37.07 $77,100
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $36.55 $76,020
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 40 0.06 $34.13 $70,990


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 1,310 0.09 1.04 $31.86 $66,260
Georgia 650 0.16 1.97 $29.29 $60,920
Nebraska 550 0.58 6.96 $30.58 $63,610
Illinois 520 0.09 1.09 $28.28 $58,830
Texas 510 0.05 0.54 $25.87 $53,820



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 290 0.71 8.53 $30.66 $63,770
Nebraska 550 0.58 6.96 $30.58 $63,610
Vermont 100 0.32 3.83 $27.48 $57,150
North Dakota 130 0.30 3.58 $30.34 $63,120
Iowa 440 0.29 3.51 $28.25 $58,750



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 200 0.07 0.82 $38.08 $79,200
Arkansas 210 0.19 2.22 $37.69 $78,400
Arizona 40 0.02 0.19 $37.02 $77,000
Massachusetts 220 0.07 0.80 $36.86 $76,670
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $35.04 $72,890




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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 440 0.18 2.20 $29.12 $60,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 0.91 $27.27 $56,720
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 240 0.51 6.08 $34.08 $70,890
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.13 1.61 $33.25 $69,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.04 0.51 $31.81 $66,160
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 1.57 $33.53 $69,750
Salt Lake City, UT 160 0.25 2.95 $29.20 $60,740
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 150 0.08 0.98 $36.83 $76,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.07 0.90 $32.32 $67,220
Baltimore-Towson, MD 130 0.10 1.16 $27.52 $57,240



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 1.95 23.39 $26.12 $54,320
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 40 0.58 7.01 $34.89 $72,580
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 240 0.51 6.08 $34.08 $70,890
Fargo, ND-MN 60 0.45 5.40 $31.22 $64,940
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 0.42 5.00 $33.24 $69,140
Lafayette, IN 30 0.39 4.65 $30.85 $64,160
Modesto, CA 60 0.37 4.40 $38.81 $80,730
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 90 0.27 3.27 $35.48 $73,800
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 50 0.25 2.98 $33.25 $69,170
Salt Lake City, UT 160 0.25 2.95 $29.20 $60,740



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 (8) (8) (8) $49.70 $103,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.49 $45.56 $94,750
Syracuse, NY 30 0.11 1.26 $44.20 $91,950
Iowa City, IA (8) (8) (8) $40.08 $83,360
Modesto, CA 60 0.37 4.40 $38.81 $80,730
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 90 0.07 0.85 $38.30 $79,660
Salinas, CA 40 0.25 3.05 $37.24 $77,460
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 150 0.08 0.98 $36.83 $76,600
Wichita, KS 30 0.11 1.29 $35.53 $73,890
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 90 0.27 3.27 $35.48 $73,800

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 210 1.71 20.53 $29.73 $61,830
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 130 0.89 10.66 $25.82 $53,700
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.24 2.87 $28.79 $59,880
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.69 8.32 $19.60 $40,770
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.93 11.18 $30.38 $63,200

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 210 1.71 20.53 $29.73 $61,830
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.39 16.74 $23.35 $48,560
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.93 11.18 $30.38 $63,200
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.91 10.93 $35.55 $73,950
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 130 0.89 10.66 $25.82 $53,700

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 South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.91 10.93 $35.55 $73,950
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 5.36 $35.16 $73,130
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 3.74 $34.77 $72,330
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 2.93 $32.69 $68,000
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.79 $32.12 $66,820


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015