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Highest Paying Industries for Buyers and Purchasing Agents

The top 100 highest paying industries for buyers and purchasing agents (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $80,140, wireless telecommunications carriers (except satellite) is the highest paying industry for buyers and purchasing agents. It is followed by monetary authorities-central bank industry (average annual salary $80,050). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of buyers and purchasing agents in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Buyers and Purchasing Agents

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$80,140
610
2 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$80,050
70
3 Oil and Gas Extraction
$79,490
1,320
4 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$79,030
2,670
5 Federal government, including USPS
$78,760
34,240
6 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$78,760
33,690
7 Telecommunications
$77,470
3,650
8 Natural Gas Distribution
$76,880
400
9 Postal Service (federal government)
$75,940
550
10 Software Publishers
$75,250
830
11 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$74,800
260
12 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$73,560
11,640
13 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$73,370
70
14 Information
$73,240
6,390
15 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$73,230
70
16 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$73,200
490
17 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$73,130
49,680
18 Federal, State, and Local Government
$73,130
49,680
19 Rail Transportation
$72,920
230
20 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$72,850
250
21 Utilities
$72,390
2,960
22 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$71,990
2,500
23 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$71,070
3,250
24 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$69,730
58,260
25 Other Information Services
$69,520
200
26 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$69,010
n/a
27 Pipeline Transportation
$68,920
290
28 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$68,740
4,510
29 Scientific Research and Development Services
$68,670
4,660
30 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$68,630
210
31 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$68,280
80
32 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$67,710
1,520
33 Insurance Carriers
$67,560
1,980
34 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$67,530
200
35 Engineering Services
$67,340
5,440
36 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$67,280
870
37 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$67,110
6,090
38 Television Broadcasting
$66,910
n/a
39 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$66,680
150
40 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$66,530
550
41 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$66,500
19,500
42 Metal Ore Mining
$66,420
210
43 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$66,140
6,300
44 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$66,070
n/a
45 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$65,710
720
46 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$65,420
220
47 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$65,340
6,840
48 Couriers and Express Delivery Services
$65,140
130
49 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$65,130
200
50 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$65,120
360
51 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$65,000
250
52 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$64,820
2,470
53 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$64,720
16,660
54 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$64,620
590
55 Other Telecommunications
$64,510
330
56 Telephone Call Centers
$64,480
340
57 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$64,410
5,950
58 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$64,220
1,140
59 Finance and Insurance
$64,140
5,340
60 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,850
29,940
61 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$63,850
n/a
62 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$63,850
2,210
63 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$63,480
470
64 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$63,450
630
65 Logging
$63,290
80
66 Forestry and Logging
$63,290
80
67 Scheduled Air Transportation
$63,260
810
68 Spectator Sports
$63,240
110
69 Utility System Construction
$63,220
880
70 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$63,080
280
71 Support Activities for Water Transportation
$63,040
120
72 Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$63,020
100
73 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$62,910
1,370
74 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$62,910
1,110
75 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$62,820
200
76 Depository Credit Intermediation
$62,760
900
77 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$62,760
2,190
78 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,240
39,090
79 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$62,120
530
80 Air Transportation
$62,040
930
81 Hospitals - State government owned
$61,940
780
82 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$61,940
620
83 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$61,900
110
84 Chemical Manufacturing
$61,760
6,020
85 Department Stores
$61,670
740
86 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,470
240
87 Couriers and Messengers
$61,440
170
88 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$61,350
1,830
89 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$61,330
110
90 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$61,270
580
91 Nonresidential Building Construction
$61,220
1,660
92 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$61,140
2,020
93 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$61,140
1,400
94 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
$61,130
90
95 Activities Related to Real Estate
$60,900
100
96 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$60,730
510
97 Ship and Boat Building
$60,620
1,380
98 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$60,460
690
99 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$60,460
4,850
100 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$60,390
1,030