Assistant Buyer Salary

Assistant Buyers in the United States pull down an average of $43K annually. Final cash compensation to Assistant Buyers varies from around $29K to approximately $55K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $3K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Female Assistant Buyers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Buyers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,792 - $55,542
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,579
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$11.75 - $20.82
(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
$31,792 - $55,542  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,976  
Profit Sharing
$299.33 - $3,098  
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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$29,385 - $54,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 840
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $20.82  
   
Overtime
$16.92 - $32.09  
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 - $3,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$299.33 - $3,098  
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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$29,385 - $54,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
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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 who transition into a Product Development Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $79K per year. When Assistant Buyers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Buyers or Associate Buyers. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $7K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Buyer


The biggest paychecks can be found at Ross Stores, Inc — the median salary there is $52K.

Assistant Buyers will find the worst pay at Zulily, where the median salary crawls in at $43K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $48K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


Survey takers working as Assistant Buyers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Merchandising, Data Analysis, and Vendor Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Oral / Verbal Communication as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Data Entry and Purchasing also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Merchandising tend to be well versed in Data Analysis and Vendor Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Buyer

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $41K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $43K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Assistant Buyers make a median salary of $40K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $46K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Assistant Buyers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Assistant Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+22 percent), New York (+16 percent), Milwaukee (+9 percent), and Columbus (+8 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Workers in Chicago and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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 12%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


Merchandising
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Vendor Relations
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$41,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
up arrow 3%

Data Entry
up arrow 11%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
66%
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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