Assistant Buyer Salary

Assistant Buyers in the United States pull down an average of $46K per year. Overall cash earnings for Assistant Buyers stretch from $30K on the lower end to $60K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Women account for the majority of Assistant Buyers who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Assistant Buyers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$32,934 - $61,876
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$46K
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MEDIAN: $45,585
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$12.42 - $23.00
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$0$61K
Salary $32,934 - $61,876
Bonus $0.00 - $5,793
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,157
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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$30,149 - $60,493
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 538
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.42 - $23.00
Overtime $17.79 - $37.85
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,793
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,157
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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$30,149 - $60,493
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 245

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Assistant Buyer


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While Assistant Buyers do not often become Category Managers, the job pays $80K per year on average. When Assistant Buyers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Buyers or Associate Buyers. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $6K, respectively.

Assistant Buyer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Buyer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Assistant Buyers include Zulily, Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Macy's, Inc., Ross Stores, Inc, and Sears Holdings Corporation. The biggest paychecks can be found at Ross Stores, Inc — the median salary there is $73K. Other big spenders include Nordstrom, Inc., Macy's, Inc., and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, top-paying firms where Assistant Buyers see paychecks nearing $72K, $56K, or $52K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Zulily — the median salary comes to just $43K, 70 percent lower than the top payer. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Neiman Marcus Group Inc. at $43K, Belk, Inc. at $44K, and Sears Holdings Corporation, where $51K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


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

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Buyer

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Buyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Buyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 606 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Buyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 145 salaries. An experienced Assistant Buyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 55 salaries. An Assistant Buyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,700

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

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Assistant Buyers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant Buyers will also find cushy salaries in Plano (+29 percent), New York (+25 percent), Union (+10 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Philadelphia and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

Assistant Buyer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Buyer?

Assistant Buyer in Auckland:
"Cruisey days picking fabrics."
Pros: Relaxed, not high pressure.
Cons: Rude sales people or customers.

Assistant Buyer in Issaquah:
"Great Culture."
Pros: Challenging yet supportive culture. All levels of management adhere to the Costco core values.
Cons: Approval processes sometimes hinder our flexibility as a company.

Assistant Buyer in Pittsburgh:
"Kristaps."
Pros: I get to work in the business of sports, which is a matrimony of my two passions.
Cons: Sometimes I feel as if the company is too big for me to advance.

Assistant Buyer in Seattle:
"Room to improve."
Pros: Working with our suppliers, great coworkers.
Cons: Not enough support from upper management. Outdated tools.

Assistant Buyer in Boston:
Pros: Corporate culture, employees I work with, my commute.
Cons: Extremely stressful, no work life balance, long hours, no overtime pay.

Assistant Buyer in edmonton alberta canada:
"I love my job."
Pros: The challenge and the communications with the vendors.
Cons: No control over the quality product can show up in.

Assistant Buyer in Plano:
"Senior assistant buyer."
Pros: Vendor management and negotiationZ.
Cons: Pricing and signing. Blamed for buyer mistakes.

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Key Stats for Assistant Buyer

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Assistant Buyer Salaries

▲47%

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$43,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


▲3%



National Average
$43,000




Customer Service
▼9%

Purchasing
▼10%

▼12%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼25%

Order Inventory
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 16%
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