Assistant Buyer Salary

An average Assistant Buyer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $43K annually. In the world of Assistant Buyers, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $56K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Assistant Buyers (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Assistant Buyers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,058 - $56,891
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$57K
MEDIAN: $43,209
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$11.92 - $21.26
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,058 - $56,891  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,069  
Commission
$500  
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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$29,734 - $55,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 886
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $21.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39  
Overtime
$17.44 - $36.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,069  
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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$29,734 - $55,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Product Development Manager, where median compensation is $80K annually. The most common next step for an Assistant Buyer is to become a Buyer or an Associate Buyer. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $7K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Buyer


Dominating the field, Zulily, Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Macy's, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and Ross Stores, Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Assistant Buyers. Pay for Assistant Buyers is best at Macy's, Inc., which offers a median salary of $54K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $51K to $58K.

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 $49K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Microsoft Office, Merchandising, and Data Analysis 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. The majority of those who know 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.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $41K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $44K. Assistant Buyers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,292

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Assistant Buyers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Assistant Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Milwaukee (+17 percent), Columbus (+6 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Employers in Chicago and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 12 percent lower, 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 18%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


Merchandising
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Vendor Relations
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$41,000

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Purchasing
up arrow 6%

Data Entry
up arrow 14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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