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Assistant Buyer Salary

Median pay for Assistant Buyers in the United States is around $43K per year, but employers in San Francisco offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $51K. Assistant Buyers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Milwaukee (+12 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Columbus (+8 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,759 - $55,739
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,611
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50%
90%

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$11.71 - $20.62
(Median)
$12
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,759 - $55,739  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,064  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $3,085  
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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$29,165 - $54,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 837
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $20.62  
   
Overtime
$16.86 - $30.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,064  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $3,085  
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).
)
$29,165 - $54,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288

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Job Description for Assistant Buyer

An assistant buyer works closely with vendors, maintaining positive relationships while negotiating specs, pricing, and deadlines. They must be able to work independently and prioritize job duties, as well as prepare cost analyses and competitive retail strategies. They must be able to develop sales and profit margin plans, as well as maintain margin and determine turnover objectives.

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Assistant Buyer 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


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Assistant Buyers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Product Development Manager. The average Product Development Manager brings home $80K per year. Career advancement for the typical Assistant Buyer often leads to becoming a Buyer or an Associate Buyer; median salaries in these positions are $5K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

Assistant Buyer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Buyer


Salaries are easily beat at Zulily, where median pay comes to just $43K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $32K and ending at $48K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


Survey results show that Assistant Buyers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Merchandising, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry and Purchasing. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Merchandising.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Buyer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $41K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. Assistant Buyers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

Assistant Buyer Reviews

What is it like working as an Assistant Buyer?

Assistant Buyer in New York:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: Working with the merchandise, creating vendor relationships, getting experience to become a buyer.
Cons: My boss, doing grunt work, dealing with unpleasant vendors.

Assistant Buyer in San Francisco:
"Great Job."
Pros: I love the company and culture. The North Face has amazing products so its easy to have confidence in there ability to sell.
Cons: Low pay.

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Experience Affects Assistant Buyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


Merchandising
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Vendor Relations
0%

National Average
$41,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
up arrow 3%

Data Entry
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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