Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
276k
Average Age
45.8
Average Salary
$64,108
Average Male Salary
$70,258
Average Female Salary
$58,675

About

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products was $64,108 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products by wage are Electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians, Radiologic technologists and technicians, and Private detectives & investigators.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are Troy & Rochester Area PUMA, MI, St. Mary's & Calvert Counties PUMA, MD, and Oakland County (Southeast) PUMA, MI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are Sumter (North) & Lake (North) Counties PUMA, FL, Hinds (West), Warren & Copiah CountiesVicksburg City PUMA, MS, and Roy, North Ogden, Ogden (Northwest) & West Haven Cities PUMA, UT.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are paid most in San Gabriel Valley Region (North) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Sumter (North) & Lake (North) Counties PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$64,108
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,113

In 2020, Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products earned an average of $64,108, $8,154 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians make somewhat more than Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products while Private detectives & investigators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.29
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.29, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products, by average wage, are Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, Household appliance stores, and Motion pictures & video industries.

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Industries by Share

276k
2020 Workforce
± 12,882
0.342%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 6.59%

The number of people employed as Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products has been growing at a rate of 0.342%, from 274,896 people in 2019 to 275,836 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products at  5.11%, followed by Construction with 5.07% and National security & international affairs with 4.8%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products in the US. The average age of male Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products in the workforce is 45.7 and of female Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products is 46, and the most common race/ethnicity for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

129k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 8,827
146k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 9,391

53.1% of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

72.3% of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.18% of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products.

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Age by Sex

45.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.923
46
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.795

The median age of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products is 45.8, and Male employees are generally 0.296 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products is Business but a relatively high number of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products hold a major in Business.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Negotiation, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, and Negotiation.

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