Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products

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2019 Workforce
280k
Average Age
45.9
Average Salary
$63,920
Average Male Salary
$69,638
Average Female Salary
$58,834

About

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products was $63,920 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products by wage are Other Sales Workers, Training & development specialists, and Boilermakers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are Oakland County (Southeast) PUMA, MI, Wayne County (Northwest) PUMA, MI, and Irvine City (Central) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are Germantown & Montgomery Village PUMA, MD, Oakland County (Southeast) PUMA, MI, and Greece & Gates Towns PUMA, NY.

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. Construction 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 Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are paid most in Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo & Laguna Hills Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Germantown & Montgomery Village PUMA, MD.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$63,920
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,174

In 2019, Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products earned an average of $63,920, $8,396 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Other Sales Workers make somewhat more than Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products while Boilermakers 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

0.293
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.293, 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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products, by number of employees, are Construction, National security & international affairs, and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products, by average wage, are Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services, Motion pictures & video industries, and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution.

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Industries by Share

280k
2019 Workforce
± 12,985
0.0196%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 6.55%

The number of people employed as Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products has been growing at a rate of 0.0196%, from 280,184 people in 2018 to 280,239 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products at  6.34%, followed by National security & international affairs with 5.26% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 4.52%.

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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 46.1 and of female Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products is 45.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

132k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 8,914
148k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 9,450

52.9% of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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)

72.9% of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.08% 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 Gender

46.1
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.932
45.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.806

The median age of Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products is 45.9, and Male employees are generally 0.31 years older 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 Natural Resources & Conservation.

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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