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Buyers and Purchasing Agent Salary Information

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 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,430
25th Percentile Wage
$45,810
50th Percentile Wage
$60,700
75th Percentile Wage
$80,080
90th Percentile Wage
$101,320

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of buyers and purchasing agents from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201660,7001.78%6.29%
201559,6201.85%-
201458,5201.50%-
201357,6401.32%-
201256,880--

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 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
$75,750
Information
$75,380
Utilities
$75,360
Mining
$71,030
Finance and Insurance
$70,330
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$67,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$65,200
Transportation and Warehousing
$61,170
Manufacturing
$61,070
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$60,610
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,510
Construction
$58,920
Educational Services
$56,920
Wholesale Trade
$55,070
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$54,790
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$51,930
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,630
Accommodation and Food Services
$51,500
Retail Trade
$48,080
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$47,000


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