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Highest Paying Industries for Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

The top 100 highest paying industries for wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products (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 $102,300, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products. It is followed by electric power generation, transmission and distribution industry (average annual salary $78,510). 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 wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$102,300
n/a
2 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$78,510
220
3 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$77,030
70
4 Utilities
$76,610
290
5 Gasoline Stations
$73,440
60
6 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$72,470
100
7 Natural Gas Distribution
$71,340
70
8 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$70,750
110
9 Scientific Research and Development Services
$70,750
110
10 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$69,300
40
11 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$68,830
50
12 Building Equipment Contractors
$67,050
100
13 Software Publishers
$66,290
70
14 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$66,060
30
15 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$65,910
n/a
16 Specialized Design Services
$65,790
100
17 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$65,290
330
18 Other Telecommunications
$64,730
50
19 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$63,430
80
20 Specialty Trade Contractors
$63,400
120
21 Information
$63,190
300
22 Department Stores
$62,760
710
23 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$62,580
110
24 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$62,340
1,750
25 Telecommunications
$62,320
110
26 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$61,980
150
27 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$61,800
40
28 Special Food Services
$61,540
90
29 Construction
$61,180
180
30 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$61,140
270
31 Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
$60,770
850
32 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,750
20,320
33 Rental and Leasing Services
$60,750
90
34 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$60,380
130
35 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$60,240
120
36 Mining
$60,040
160
37 Machine Shops
$59,500
30
38 Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$59,500
30
39 Warehousing and Storage
$59,360
1,450
40 Automobile Dealers
$58,820
4,240
41 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$58,400
220
42 Animal Food Manufacturing
$58,390
n/a
43 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$58,380
30
44 Engineering Services
$58,010
220
45 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$58,000
200
46 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$57,850
220
47 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$57,800
220
48 Vending Machine Operators
$57,680
80
49 Depository Credit Intermediation
$57,630
40
50 Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
$57,590
80
51 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$57,550
5,090
52 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$57,360
60
53 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$57,340
40
54 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$57,310
130
55 Security Systems Services
$57,280
30
56 Investigation and Security Services
$57,280
30
57 Machinery Manufacturing
$56,980
370
58 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$56,920
840
59 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$56,860
50
60 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$56,710
40
61 Transportation and Warehousing
$56,590
1,730
62 Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$56,330
1,350
63 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$56,250
350
64 Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,250
350
65 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$56,240
180
66 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$56,180
70
67 Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$56,100
860
68 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$56,080
50
69 Chemical Manufacturing
$55,960
190
70 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$55,940
80
71 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$55,940
40
72 Insurance Carriers
$55,900
40
73 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$55,710
90
74 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$55,570
120
75 Paper Manufacturing
$55,360
100
76 Florists
$55,300
50
77 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$55,210
170
78 Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$55,150
1,610
79 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$54,870
220
80 Manufacturing
$54,670
3,070
81 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$54,600
40
82 Direct Selling Establishments
$54,370
190
83 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$54,330
50
84 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$54,240
340
85 Printing and Related Support Activities
$54,200
100
86 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$54,190
260
87 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$54,130
60
88 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$53,950
760
89 Support Activities for Mining
$53,910
80
90 Temporary Help Services
$53,850
700
91 Nonstore Retailers
$53,810
4,210
92 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,720
1,990
93 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$53,680
3,940
94 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$53,460
130
95 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$53,420
90
96 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$53,180
610
97 Other Food Manufacturing
$53,040
70
98 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$52,920
2,850
99 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$52,890
14,550
100 Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$52,810
530
See also: Highest paying cities for wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products.