The salary statistics of buyers and purchasing agents are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of buyers and purchasing agents in the United States is shown in Table 2. 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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $101,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,700. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,430. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 185% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of buyers and purchasing agents from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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 federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $75,750. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $47,000).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |