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Buyers and Purchasing Agent Salary Information

The salary statistics of buyers and purchasing agents are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of buyers and purchasing agents within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The buyers and purchasing agents annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Buyers and Purchasing Agent Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,370
25th Percentile Wage
$47,070
50th Percentile Wage
$62,120
75th Percentile Wage
$81,830
90th Percentile Wage
$103,480

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for buyers and purchasing agents. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) buyers and purchasing agents is $103,480. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $62,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,370. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 184% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of buyers and purchasing agents from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$62,120
2.29% 8.44%
2016
$60,700
1.78% -
2015
$59,620
1.85% -
2014
$58,520
1.50% -
2013
$57,640
1.32% -
2012
$56,880
- -

Table 2. Buyers and Purchasing Agent Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of buyers and purchasing agents in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for buyers and purchasing agents occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $77,120. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $48,950).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$77,120
Information
$75,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,930
Finance and Insurance
$73,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$68,800
Mining
$67,620
Transportation and Warehousing
$63,130
Manufacturing
$62,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$60,820
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$60,440
Construction
$59,860
Educational Services
$57,250
Wholesale Trade
$56,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,170
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,420
Accommodation and Food Services
$51,710
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,730
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$50,300
Retail Trade
$48,950

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Buyers and Purchasing Agents by States

From the above tables we note that not only buyers and purchasing agents salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of buyers and purchasing agents in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $21,720 to $94,170. The highest paying state for buyers and purchasing agents is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $94,170. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,720. For more salary information of buyers and purchasing agents profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$94,170
Maryland
$74,740
New Jersey
$74,510
Virginia
$73,380
Connecticut
$68,410
Massachusetts
$68,260
Alaska
$67,710
Washington
$67,650
Rhode Island
$66,830
New York
$66,400
California
$64,500
Delaware
$64,040
Michigan
$63,880
Colorado
$63,260
Arizona
$62,660
Illinois
$62,600
Alabama
$62,450
Minnesota
$62,010
Texas
$61,890
Georgia
$61,800
Pennsylvania
$61,710
Ohio
$61,360
Arkansas
$60,560
Missouri
$60,200
Maine
$59,630
North Carolina
$59,430
Utah
$59,340
New Hampshire
$58,950
Nebraska
$58,550
South Carolina
$58,520
New Mexico
$58,240
Wyoming
$58,230
Kansas
$58,070
Nevada
$58,020
South Dakota
$57,640
Iowa
$57,510
Oregon
$57,340
Florida
$57,010
West Virginia
$56,380
Mississippi
$56,170
Oklahoma
$56,070
Kentucky
$55,560
North Dakota
$54,540
Hawaii
$53,500
Wisconsin
$53,360
Indiana
$52,730
Tennessee
$52,370
Virgin Islands
$51,280
Louisiana
$50,850
Vermont
$49,110
Idaho
$48,110
Montana
$44,080
Guam
$36,010
Puerto Rico
$21,720



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