Purchasing managers

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Total Workforce

199k

Average Age

46.8

Estimated Job Growth

5.41%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$87,495

Average Male Salary

$94,741

Average Female Salary

$79,606

About

Purchasing managers are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Purchasing managers was $87,495 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Purchasing managers by wage are Materials engineers, Mechanical engineers, and Firstline supervisors of police & detectives.

Purchasing managers are part of the Management occupations, along with General & operations managers, Advertising & promotions managers, Marketing & sales managers, Public relations & fundraising managers, Administrative services managers, Computer & information systems managers, Financial managers, Industrial production managers, Purchasing managers, Transportation, storage, & distribution managers, Compensation & benefits managers, Human resources managers, Training & development managers, Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers, Construction managers, Education administrators, Architectural & engineering managers, Food service managers, Gaming managers, Lodging managers, Medical & health services managers, Natural sciences managers, Property, real estate, & community association managers, Social & community service managers, Emergency management directors, Miscellaneous managers, and Chief executives & legislators

The top 3 locations that employ the most Purchasing managers are Ashburn (Southwest/Belmont Ridge) & Dulles Airport PUMA, VA, Alexandria City PUMA, VA, and Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Purchasing managers are Ashburn (Southwest/Belmont Ridge) & Dulles Airport PUMA, VA, Greensburg City PUMA, PA, and Leon County (Outer) PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Purchasing managers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Purchasing managers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Purchasing managers, by average wage, is Sporting goods, and hobby & toy stores . Purchasing managers are paid most in Wyomissing Borough PUMA, PA but are relatively concentrated in Ashburn (Southwest/Belmont Ridge) & Dulles Airport PUMA, VA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$87,495

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,251

In 2017, Purchasing managers earned an average of $87,495, $35,430 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Materials engineers make somewhat more than Purchasing managers while Firstline supervisors of police & detectives make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Purchasing managers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.306

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Purchasing managers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.306, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Purchasing managers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Purchasing managers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Purchasing managers, by number of employees, are Construction, National security & international affairs, and Hospitals.

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Industries by Share

199k

2017 Workforce

± 10,935

0.0186%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 7.78%

The number of people employed as Purchasing managers has been growing at a rate of 0.0186%, from 198,591 people in 2016 to 198,628 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Purchasing managers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Purchasing managers at  6.36%, followed by National security & international affairs with 5.93% and Hospitals with 5.65%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Purchasing managers in the US. The average age of male Purchasing managers in the workforce is 46.7 and of female Purchasing managers is 46.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Purchasing managers is White.

Gender Composition

104k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 7,897

95.1k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 7,569

52.1% of Purchasing managers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Purchasing managers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Purchasing managers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

82% of Purchasing managers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.34% of Purchasing managers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Purchasing managers.

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Age by Gender

46.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.95

46.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.889

The median age of Purchasing managers is 46.8, and Male employees are generally 0.214 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Purchasing managers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Purchasing managers is Business but a relatively high number of Purchasing managers hold a major in Business.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Purchasing managers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Purchasing managers need many skills, but most especially Coordination, Persuasion, and Negotiation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Purchasing managers need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, and Negotiation.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Purchasing managers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Purchasing managers are expected to see a growth of 5.41% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

5.41%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Purchasing managers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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