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Highest Paying Industries for Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

The top 100 highest paying industries for purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and 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 $82,830, securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage is the highest paying industry for purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products. It is followed by wireless telecommunications carriers (except satellite) industry (average annual salary $80,880). 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 purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

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

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$82,830
180
2 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$80,880
580
3 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$80,050
70
4 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$79,220
2,640
5 Federal government, including USPS
$78,760
34,240
6 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$78,760
33,690
7 Oil and Gas Extraction
$78,720
1,250
8 Natural Gas Distribution
$78,400
330
9 Telecommunications
$77,930
3,530
10 Software Publishers
$76,230
760
11 Postal Service (federal government)
$75,940
550
12 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$74,800
260
13 Information
$73,670
6,080
14 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$73,640
11,570
15 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$73,400
49,120
16 Federal, State, and Local Government
$73,400
49,120
17 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$73,370
70
18 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$73,230
70
19 Rail Transportation
$72,920
230
20 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$72,860
490
21 Utilities
$72,020
2,580
22 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$71,460
2,190
23 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$71,000
3,140
24 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$70,660
56,940
25 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$69,010
n/a
26 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$68,740
4,390
27 Scientific Research and Development Services
$68,660
4,540
28 Pipeline Transportation
$68,550
280
29 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$68,340
1,390
30 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$68,280
80
31 Other Information Services
$68,170
170
32 Engineering Services
$67,970
5,150
33 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$67,950
5,740
34 Mining
$67,890
2,910
35 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$67,790
200
36 Insurance Carriers
$67,770
1,940
37 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$67,700
850
38 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$67,190
200
39 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$66,980
500
40 Television Broadcasting
$66,910
n/a
41 Other Personal Services
$66,690
30
42 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$66,660
6,000
43 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$66,630
19,310
44 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$66,590
5,300
45 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$66,590
820
46 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$66,570
150
47 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$66,480
550
48 Metal Ore Mining
$66,370
210
49 Finance and Insurance
$66,220
4,880
50 Spectator Sports
$66,170
90
51 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$66,080
570
52 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$65,960
2,360
53 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$65,910
690
54 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$65,730
1,940
55 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$65,530
210
56 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$65,470
900
57 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$65,460
6,700
58 Couriers and Express Delivery Services
$65,140
130
59 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$65,130
200
60 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$65,130
350
61 Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$65,070
90
62 Couriers and Messengers
$64,940
130
63 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,840
27,820
64 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$64,720
2,080
65 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$64,710
16,310
66 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$64,700
610
67 Telephone Call Centers
$64,660
340
68 Other Insurance Related Activities
$64,570
210
69 Other Telecommunications
$64,470
280
70 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$64,390
1,120
71 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$64,230
240
72 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$64,090
230
73 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,060
17,560
74 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$63,860
170
75 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
$63,430
70
76 Scheduled Air Transportation
$63,370
800
77 Utility System Construction
$63,330
850
78 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$63,240
450
79 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$63,000
1,350
80 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$62,910
200
81 Depository Credit Intermediation
$62,900
860
82 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$62,840
200
83 Hospitals - State government owned
$62,620
760
84 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$62,500
270
85 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$62,430
110
86 Chemical Manufacturing
$62,280
5,630
87 Air Transportation
$62,170
920
88 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$62,160
600
89 Support Activities for Water Transportation
$62,130
110
90 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$62,120
530
91 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$61,910
110
92 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$61,630
1,810
93 Newspaper Publishers
$61,570
80
94 Nonresidential Building Construction
$61,250
1,640
95 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$61,210
190
96 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$61,070
1,390
97 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$61,030
640
98 Activities Related to Real Estate
$60,900
100
99 Ship and Boat Building
$60,730
1,370
100 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$60,430
4,770
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