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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
$41,500
25th Percentile Wage
$53,890
50th Percentile Wage
$70,440
75th Percentile Wage
$92,410
90th Percentile Wage
$117,430

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 $117,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $70,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid buyers and purchasing agents is $41,500.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$70,440
3.52% 10.18%
2016
$67,960
3.78% -
2015
$65,390
2.36% -
2014
$63,850
0.05% -
2013
$63,820
0.86% -
2012
$63,270
- -

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 $80,660. The lowest paying industry is the veterinary services industry (annual salary $53,820). For detailed buyers and purchasing agent salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Testing Laboratories
$80,660
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$79,550
Scientific Research and Development Services
$79,440
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$76,340
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$74,710
Engineering Services
$74,370
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$73,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,440
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$66,810
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,900
Legal Services
$63,810
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$61,010
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$57,520
Specialized Design Services
$54,970
Veterinary Services
$53,820

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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