Purchasing managers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
209k
Average Age
46.4
Estimated Job Growth
2.6%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$90,768
Average Male Salary
$99,694
Average Female Salary
$81,366

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 Tobacco manufacturing. Purchasing managers are paid most in Danbury, Ridgefield, Bethel, Brookfield, New Fairfield, Redding & Sherman Towns PUMA, CT but are relatively concentrated in Woodlawn, Rose Hill & Mount Vernon PUMA, VA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$90,768
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,524

In 2020, Purchasing managers earned an average of $90,768, $34,814 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Computer programmers make somewhat more than Purchasing managers while Public relations and fundraising managers 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

0.315
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Purchasing managers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.315, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Purchasing managers.

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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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Purchasing managers, by average wage, are Tobacco manufacturing, Natural gas distribution, and Fabric mills, except knitting mills.

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Industries by Share

209k
2020 Workforce
± 11,214
2.56%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 7.45%

The number of people employed as Purchasing managers has been growing at a rate of 2.56%, from 203,700 people in 2019 to 208,909 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Purchasing managers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Purchasing managers at  5.53%, followed by National security & international affairs with 5.35% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 4.48%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Purchasing managers in the US. The average age of male Purchasing managers in the workforce is 46.6 and of female Purchasing managers is 46.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Purchasing managers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

107k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 8,034
102k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,829

51.3% of Purchasing managers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Purchasing managers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Purchasing managers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

74.1% of Purchasing managers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.27% of Purchasing managers, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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 Sex

46.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.93
46.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.885

The median age of Purchasing managers is 46.4, and Male employees are generally 0.49 years older 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 Social Perceptiveness, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking. 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 Operations Analysis.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Purchasing Managers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Purchasing Managers are expected to see a growth of 2.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

2.6%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Purchasing Managers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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