Buyers and Purchasing Agent Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

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

Average Annual Salary of Buyers and Purchasing Agents

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,980
25th Percentile Wage
$35,770
50th Percentile Wage
$48,080
75th Percentile Wage
$64,890
90th Percentile Wage
$90,690

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for buyers and purchasing agents in the industry sector of retail 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 $90,690. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $48,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid buyers and purchasing agents is $27,980.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of buyers and purchasing agents in the industry sector of retail trade from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201648,080-0.85%2.25%
201548,4900.89%-
201448,060-0.65%-
201348,3702.83%-
201247,000--

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

The average salaries of buyers and purchasing agents in 41 industries in the retail 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 department stores industry with an annual salary $62,060. The lowest paying industry is the gasoline stations industry (annual salary $32,460). For detailed buyers and purchasing agent salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Department Stores
$62,060
Direct Selling Establishments
$59,980
Automobile Dealers
$57,670
Vending Machine Operators
$56,130
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$55,490
Nonstore Retailers
$53,140
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$52,810
Clothing Stores
$51,670
Florists
$51,510
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$51,290
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
$50,720
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$50,680
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$50,360
Furniture Stores
$49,930
General Merchandise Stores
$48,100
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$48,090
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
$47,690
Shoe Stores
$47,380
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$47,310
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$47,310
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
$47,110
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
$46,950
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$46,920
Sporting Goods Stores
$46,050
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$45,860
Specialty Food Stores
$45,550
Health and Personal Care Stores
$45,320
Health and Personal Care Stores
$45,320
Home Furnishings Stores
$44,940
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$44,600
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$44,410
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
$44,100
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
$40,650
Food and Beverage Stores
$40,290
Grocery Stores
$40,130
Other General Merchandise Stores
$39,490
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$38,840
Used Merchandise Stores
$36,980
Book Stores and News Dealers
$36,900
Gasoline Stations
$32,460
Gasoline Stations
$32,460

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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