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Buyers and Purchasing Agent Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of buyers and purchasing agents in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare buyers and purchasing agent salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Buyers and Purchasing Agents

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,820
25th Percentile Wage
$52,550
50th Percentile Wage
$67,960
75th Percentile Wage
$89,350
90th Percentile Wage
$111,950

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for buyers and purchasing agents in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $111,950. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $67,960. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid buyers and purchasing agents is $40,820.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201667,9603.78%6.90%
201565,3902.36%-
201463,8500.05%-
201363,8200.86%-
201263,270--

Compare Buyers and Purchasing Agent Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of buyers and purchasing agents in 15 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 testing laboratories industry with an annual salary $79,260. The lowest paying industry is the veterinary services industry (annual salary $46,680). For detailed buyers and purchasing agent salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Testing Laboratories
$79,260
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$76,970
Scientific Research and Development Services
$74,900
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$74,850
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$72,140
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$72,070
Engineering Services
$71,360
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$67,960
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$65,340
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$62,560
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$58,810
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$57,940
Legal Services
$57,670
Specialized Design Services
$56,980
Veterinary Services
$46,680

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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