Assistant Buyer Salary

Assistant Buyers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $42K per year. In the world of Assistant Buyers, total cash compensation can vary between $29K and $54K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $4K and $3K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women make up the vast majority of Assistant Buyers (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most Assistant Buyers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,879 - $55,609
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,485
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$11.70 - $20.55
(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
$31,879 - $55,609  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,003  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,091  
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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$29,084 - $54,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 838
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $20.55  
   
Overtime
$16.95 - $30.84  
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 - $4,003  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,091  
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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$29,084 - $54,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296

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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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As Assistant Buyers transition into upper-level roles such as Product Development Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Product Development Managers earn $80K on average per year. Assistant Buyers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Buyers or Associate Buyers. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Merchandising, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Merchandising.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Buyer

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $41K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Assistant Buyers make a median salary of $39K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $45K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Assistant Buyers that is 25 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Assistant Buyers will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+18 percent), New York (+16 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). Assistant Buyers in Chicago take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (16 percent lower) and Portland (11 percent lower).

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
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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


Merchandising
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Vendor Relations
0%

National Average
$41,000

Inventory Management
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Customer Service
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Purchasing
up arrow 3%

Data Entry
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 215 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%