Buyers and Purchasing Agent Salary in Sector of Wholesale Trade

The salary statistics of buyers and purchasing agents in the industry sector of wholesale trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare buyers and purchasing agent salaries in different industries within the wholesale trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Buyers and Purchasing Agents

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,840
25th Percentile Wage
$43,160
50th Percentile Wage
$56,640
75th Percentile Wage
$74,260
90th Percentile Wage
$97,740

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for buyers and purchasing agents in the industry sector of wholesale trade. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) buyers and purchasing agents is $97,740. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid buyers and purchasing agents is $32,840.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of buyers and purchasing agents in the industry sector of wholesale trade from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$56,640
2.77% 7.38%
2016
$55,070
2.36% -
2015
$53,770
1.12% -
2014
$53,170
1.17% -
2013
$52,550
0.17% -
2012
$52,460
- -

Compare Buyers and Purchasing Agent Salary in Different Industries within the Wholesale Trade Sector

The average salaries of buyers and purchasing agents in 27 industries in the wholesale trade sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for buyers and purchasing agent occupations is the apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers industry with an annual salary $61,910. The lowest paying industry is the beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers industry (annual salary $50,790). For detailed buyers and purchasing agent salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$61,910
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$60,820
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$59,130
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$58,510
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
$58,490
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$58,400
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$57,750
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$57,750
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$57,590
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$57,410
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
$57,310
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$57,260
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$56,670
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$56,660
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$56,390
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$56,360
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$56,350
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$56,340
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$55,160
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$55,060
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$54,510
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$54,050
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$53,710
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$53,510
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
$53,430
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$51,650
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers
$50,790

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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