Salary for Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products

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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 Buyers and Purchasing Agent of Farm Products gets an average compensation that can range from $39,810 and $112,170 based on experience. Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products can get an average pay level of seventy-two thousand three hundred and seventy dollars per annum.

Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products can get the best compensation in District of Columbia, where they can earn average pay scales of close to $105,020. Employees with these job titles can obtain the highest salaries in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they receive compensation, on average, of $86,340.

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INDUSTRIES

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

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$86,340
Utilities
$85,380
Information
$84,610
Public Administration
$82,540
Finance and Insurance
$81,810
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$80,720

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
$58,520
Retail Trade
$59,450
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$60,570
Health Care and Social Assistance
$61,000
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$63,310
Educational Services
$63,390