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
$27,850
25th Percentile Wage
$36,330
50th Percentile Wage
$48,950
75th Percentile Wage
$66,480
90th Percentile Wage
$92,540

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 $92,540. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $48,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid buyers and purchasing agents is $27,850.

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 retail trade from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$48,950
1.78% 3.98%
2016
$48,080
-0.85% -
2015
$48,490
0.89% -
2014
$48,060
-0.65% -
2013
$48,370
2.83% -
2012
$47,000
- -

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

The average salaries of buyers and purchasing agents in 43 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 $32,640). 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
$61,350
Vending Machine Operators
$56,130
Automobile Dealers
$55,750
Shoe Stores
$54,320
Nonstore Retailers
$54,200
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$54,000
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$53,980
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$52,390
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$51,970
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$51,970
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$51,630
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
$51,550
Clothing Stores
$51,430
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$50,870
Furniture Stores
$50,480
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$49,840
General Merchandise Stores
$49,650
Florists
$49,600
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
$49,170
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$48,930
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
$48,590
Home Furnishings Stores
$48,400
Health and Personal Care Stores
$48,350
Health and Personal Care Stores
$48,350
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
$47,690
Sporting Goods Stores
$47,200
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$46,340
Specialty Food Stores
$45,550
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
$44,550
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$44,360
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$42,470
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
$41,680
Food and Beverage Stores
$41,460
Food and Beverage Stores
$41,400
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
$40,840
Grocery Stores
$40,130
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$39,720
Other General Merchandise Stores
$39,490
Book Stores and News Dealers
$37,700
Used Merchandise Stores
$36,980
Gasoline Stations
$32,640
Gasoline Stations
$32,640

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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