Assistant Retail Buyers in the United States can expect wages of $41K per year on average. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Assistant Retail Buyers make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Assistant Retail Buyers are happy with their jobs. While some workers in this profession — just under one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,301 - $64,314
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$64K
MEDIAN: $41,068
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$10.11 - $23.03
(Median)
$10
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,301 - $64,314  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,553 - $60,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $23.03  
   
Overtime
$21.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,553 - $60,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Job Description for Assistant Buyer, Retail

An assistant buyer in retail is part of the buying team, which also includes trainee buyers and managerial buyers. Buyers negotiate with suppliers to decide what items should be restocked in a store. This decision is made based on a number of factors, and it can affect the whole industry since it results in certain products trending in the market by simply being in stock.

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Assistant Buyer, Retail Tasks

  • Advise retail outlets how to price products based on purchase price and market trends.
  • Research suppliers to determine which ones fit company pricing and quality objectives.
  • Assist buyers and managers with writing purchase orders, buying merchandise, and managing inventory.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Buyer, Retail


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Many Assistant Retail Buyers transition into upper-level Buyer positions. Buyers earn a median of $47K per year.

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Experience Affects Assistant Buyer, Retail Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
0%

National Average
$40,000

Experienced
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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