Salary for Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products

Also known as:  Cattle Buyer, Cotton Broker, Cotton Buyer, Fruit Buyer, Grain Buyer, Hog Buyer, Livestock Buyer, Oyster Buyer, Purchasing Agent, Cotton, Grain, Livestock, Other Farm Products, Tobacco Buyer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

Before agricultural products are processed or re-sold in their raw state in markets and grocery stores, buyers and purchasing agents sort through the available food products on the market. They select top quality produce that is free of pests and disease, and purchase the best of what they find for re-sale or processing. This task requires a knowledge of product demand, market trends, the ability to coordinate the cutting, transporting, storing and milling of produce, as well as arranging for transport and processing or re-sale of the selected goods. In some cases, buyers and purchasing agents of farm products also sell basic farming supplies such as seed, fertilizers, feed, or pesticides, and may arrange loans and financing for their clients. They also calculate government grain quotas as needed. The position requires knowledge of and experience working with agricultural products, and a high school diploma or equivalent.

A Buyer or Purchasing Agent can expect salaries in a range of 48000 - 72000 based on levels of tenure. Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products will usually earn a compensation of Sixty Three Thousand Nine Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products are compensated most highly in Kansas, where they get job pay of near $82920. People with these jobs can receive the highest pay in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can earn an average salary rate of $86760.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 27.67 percent nationwide in that time.


Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Wholesale Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Accommodation and Food Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Public Administration
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services