Highest Paying Industries for Buyers and Purchasing Agents

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Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Oil and Gas Extraction41.8286990
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank40.4384100
Software Publishers38.6880460
Federal Executive Branch38.4479950
Federal government, including the US Postal Service38.4279920
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)38.3679790
Wired Telecommunications Carriers38.1379310
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage37.8478700
Telecommunications37.5878170
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation37.4577910
Postal Service (federal government)37.3877750
Natural Gas Distribution36.776330
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing36.5576010
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil36.5175950
Information36.275300
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing35.7174270
Specialty hospitals, State government owned35.4373690
Utilities35.2173240
Publishing Industries (except Internet)35.1573110
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution35.0972980
Federal, State, and Local Government3572800
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service3572800
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences34.8272420
Pipeline Transportation34.7672300
Scientific Research and Development Services34.7572280
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers34.7172190
Rail Transportation34.772180
Engineering Services34.1971110
Computer Systems Design and Related Services34.0470800
Other Information Services33.9970700
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media33.9870680
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services33.9570610
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service33.970520
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas33.7270140
Depository Credit Intermediation33.6970080
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services33.6770040
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing33.5369740
Insurance Carriers33.4869630
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities33.4569580
Motion Picture and Video Industries33.4569570
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing33.4469560
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing33.3869430
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers33.2669190
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services33.1568950
Finance and Insurance33.0768780
Radio and Television Broadcasting32.9668550
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing32.9168450
Couriers and Express Delivery Services32.8968400
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities32.8968400
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned32.8868380
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services32.8768370
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing32.8368280
Department Stores32.868210
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing32.7868190
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities32.7168030
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing32.6767940
Waste Treatment and Disposal32.6367860
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing32.6167830
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries32.6167830
Management of Companies and Enterprises32.5867770
Metal Ore Mining32.5767740
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities32.5767740
Nondepository Credit Intermediation32.2567080
Basic Chemical Manufacturing32.2267020
Support Activities for Water Transportation32.1966950
Support Activities for Mining32.1366840
Hospitals, State government owned32.1266820
Other Telecommunications32.0466650
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors32.0266600
Broadcasting (except Internet)32.0266600
Automobile Dealers3266560
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction31.9566460
Scheduled Air Transportation31.9366420
Television Broadcasting31.9266390
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing31.8866310
Communications Equipment Manufacturing31.8666260
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing31.7766080
Chemical Manufacturing31.6465820
Waste Management and Remediation Services31.6265770
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services31.5865700
Cable and Other Subscription Programming31.5465600
Air Transportation31.4965490
Spectator Sports31.4665430
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers31.3865280
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing31.3365170
Couriers and Messengers31.2164920
Inland Water Transportation31.0764630
Tobacco Manufacturing31.0464570
Utility System Construction31.0264510
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services30.9964470
Nonresidential Building Construction30.9964460
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers30.9764420
Telephone Call Centers30.9464350
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing30.9364340
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers30.9364330
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)30.8864240
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing30.8264110
Mining (except Oil and Gas)30.7563960
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing30.5763580
Water Transportation30.5363500
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations30.563440
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills30.4863390
Newspaper Publishers30.4563340
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers30.4163260
Ship and Boat Building30.4163250
Testing Laboratories30.4163250
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation30.3763160
Water, Sewage and Other Systems30.3363080
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction30.3163050
Forestry and Logging30.2963000
Logging30.2963000
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying30.2862990
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services30.2362880
Travel Agencies30.2262860
All industries30.2262850
Transportation and Warehousing30.1962800
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers30.1862780
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events30.1562710
Manufacturing30.1462700
Activities Related to Real Estate30.1462690
Land Subdivision30.1362670
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction29.9962390
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers29.9962370
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors29.9162220
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation29.8562090
Employment Services29.8262040
Roofing Contractors29.8162010
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing29.7961970
Real Estate29.7961970
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing29.7861940
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing29.7161810
Specialized Design Services29.761770
Construction of Buildings29.6661700
Other Insurance Related Activities29.6661690
Grain and Oilseed Milling29.6361630
Waste Collection29.6161590
All industries, private ownership only29.6161580
Lessors of Real Estate29.5961550
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories29.5761500
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing29.5661480
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries29.5561470
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing29.5561460
Household Appliance Manufacturing29.5361420
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services29.5261410
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned29.561350
Paper Manufacturing29.4561260
Coal Mining29.4361220
Warehousing and Storage29.4361210
Machinery Manufacturing29.3861100
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing29.3861100
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction29.2960920
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing29.2760880
Grantmaking and Giving Services29.2560830
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging29.2360790
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing29.2260780
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing29.2160760
Office Administrative Services29.1760680
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing29.1460610
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills29.160520
Educational Services, Privately owned29.0860490
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing29.0760460
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing29.0560420
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing29.0360380
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing29.0260360
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers29.0260360
Other Financial Investment Activities29.0260360
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers2960320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals28.9660250
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing28.9660240
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers28.9660240
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing28.9360170
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing28.9260150
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores28.8760050
Security Systems Services28.8760050
Amusement Parks and Arcades28.8660030
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities28.8660020
Other Food Manufacturing28.8259940
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned28.8259940
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing28.859900
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations28.859890
Investigation and Security Services28.7859860
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing28.7759840
Rental and Leasing Services28.7559790
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods28.6959680
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers28.6959670
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing28.6859660
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing28.6859650
Apparel Manufacturing28.5959470
Special Food Services28.5959470
Construction28.5759430
Nonscheduled Air Transportation28.5759420
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing28.5659410
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services28.5559390
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned28.4959270
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors28.4859240
Business Support Services28.4859230
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)28.4559180
Administrative and Support Services28.4359130
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses28.3959050
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services28.3959050
Other Building Equipment Contractors28.3759000
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing28.3759000
Educational Support Services, Privately owned28.3558970
Residential Building Construction28.3458940
Miscellaneous Manufacturing28.3158890
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers28.3158890
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance28.2958830
Nonstore Retailers28.2658770
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing28.2558750
Local government, including schools and hospitals28.2158670
Freight Transportation Arrangement28.258660
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers28.1958630
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors28.1758600
Wholesale Trade28.158460
Support Activities for Rail Transportation28.158460
Food Manufacturing28.158440
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing28.0858410
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers28.0358290
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing27.9958220
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers27.9958220
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel27.9558140
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing27.9258070
Hardware Manufacturing27.8757980
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing27.8757960
Urban Transit Systems27.8557930
Support Activities for Transportation27.8557930
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers27.8557930
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers27.8557920
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing27.8457910
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages27.8357900
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing27.8357880
Specialty Trade Contractors27.8257860
Plastics Product Manufacturing27.8157850
Other Specialty Trade Contractors27.7957800
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing27.7957800
Building Equipment Contractors27.7757760
Animal Food Manufacturing27.7657750
Primary Metal Manufacturing27.7557720
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods27.7257660
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services27.757620
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing27.6957590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)27.6257440
Beverage Manufacturing27.6157430
Legal Services27.657400
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.657400
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers27.5857370
Building Finishing Contractors27.5757350
Textile Mills27.5757340
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities27.5657330
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation27.5657330
Furniture Stores27.5457280
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned27.5357260
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)27.5257250
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing27.557210
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing27.4857160
Specialized Freight Trucking27.4457080
Support Activities for Air Transportation27.456980
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)27.3956960
Specialty Food Stores27.3656920
Educational Services, Local government owned27.3656900
Vocational Rehabilitation Services27.2856750
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors27.2756730
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing27.2756720
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing27.2556680
Facilities Support Services27.2556670
Other Personal Services27.2356630
Junior colleges, Local government owned27.256580
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores27.256570
Footwear Manufacturing27.1956560
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)27.1956560
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores27.1956550
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers27.1856520
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services27.1756520
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing27.1656490
Dairy Product Manufacturing27.1556470
Drywall and Insulation Contractors27.1556460
Clothing Stores27.1256420
General Merchandise Stores27.1256420
Forging and Stamping27.156360
Civic and Social Organizations27.0856320
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing27.0656290
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing27.0456250
Other Support Activities for Transportation27.0456240
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing2756160
Gasoline Stations26.9956140
Animal Slaughtering and Processing26.9856120
Rubber Product Manufacturing26.9656070
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing26.9556060
Wood Product Manufacturing26.9356010
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing26.9255990
Truck Transportation26.8255780
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services26.8155760
Direct Selling Establishments26.7455620
Fabric Mills26.7355590
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)26.6855480
Landscaping Services26.6155340
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned26.655320
Religious Organizations26.5955300
Social Assistance26.5755260
General Freight Trucking26.5655250
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers26.555120
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers26.4955090
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing26.4755050
Sawmills and Wood Preservation26.4655030
Outpatient Care Centers26.4254960
Services to Buildings and Dwellings26.3954880
Vending Machine Operators26.3854870
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing26.3654840
State government, including schools and hospitals26.3454790
Educational Services, State government owned26.3454780
Individual and Family Services26.3154730
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)26.2954680
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)26.2654620
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation26.2654620
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned26.2454580
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing26.1554390
Social Advocacy Organizations26.1554390
Other Wood Product Manufacturing26.1454380
Ambulatory Health Care Services26.1154300
Machine Shops26.0954280
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing26.0854250
Repair and Maintenance26.0754230
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance26.0454160
Junior colleges, Privately owned26.0454150
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)2654080
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores25.9954070
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)2654070
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing25.9754010
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned25.9653990
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned25.9553980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)25.9553980
Printing and Related Support Activities25.9153900
Electronics and Appliance Stores25.953870
General Rental Centers25.8453740
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services25.7953640
Foundries25.7253490
Retail Trade25.6453330
Hospitals, Privately owned25.6353320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned25.6253290
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance25.5953220
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)25.5553150
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned25.5553150
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals25.5553140
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries25.5453120
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing25.5353100
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions25.5253070
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)25.4552930
Personal and Laundry Services25.4452920
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing25.4252870
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers25.4152850
Offices of Physicians25.452840
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers25.3252660
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing25.2452500
Accommodation25.2452500
Traveler Accommodation25.2352490
Automotive Repair and Maintenance25.1752360
Offices of Dentists25.152200
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing25.0752150
Gambling Industries25.0452080
Building Material and Supplies Dealers25.0252050
Textile Furnishings Mills25.0152020
Offices of Other Health Practitioners24.8951780
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers24.8751730
Textile Product Mills24.8751720
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair24.8651700
Other Textile Product Mills24.8151600
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers24.6451250
Local Messengers and Local Delivery24.6251220
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing24.651170
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing24.5751110
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities24.5150970
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned24.4950950
Hospitals, Local government owned24.4950940
Masonry Contractors24.4650880
Accommodation and Food Services24.3950720
Consumer Goods Rental24.3650680
Other Support Services24.3750680
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance24.2450420
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers24.1950310
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing24.1850300
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores23.9949910
Casino Hotels23.9649840
Junior colleges, State government owned23.9649830
Home Furnishings Stores23.9549820
Sporting Goods Stores23.9249760
Home Health Care Services23.9249760
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned23.849500
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)23.7949490
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned23.7949480
Food Services and Drinking Places23.7149310
Elementary and Secondary Schools, State government owned23.5949070
Shoe Stores23.5248910
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills23.4948870
Miscellaneous Store Retailers23.4748810
Health and Personal Care Stores23.3448540
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores23.1348120
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)23.1448120
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly23.148040
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries23.0347900
Florists23.0247880
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers22.9447720
Other General Merchandise Stores22.8547530
Food and Beverage Stores22.7347280
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores22.5947000
Performing Arts Companies22.5746950
Pharmacies and Drug Stores22.3946580
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities22.3446460
Used Merchandise Stores22.2946370
Full-Service Restaurants22.1746110
Veterinary Services22.0545870
Restaurants and Other Eating Places2245770
Grocery Stores21.9745690
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities21.8545450
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores21.8445430
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores21.6945120
Support Activities for Crop Production20.5642770
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry20.5542750
Book Stores and News Dealers19.5840720

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