Assistant Buyer Salary

For Assistant Buyers, annual average wages total $44K per year. Final cash compensation to Assistant Buyers varies from around $30K to approximately $58K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $11K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Buyers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (84 percent) of Assistant Buyers who took the survey are female. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,984 - $60,490
$32K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,298
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$12.25 - $22.09
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,984 - $60,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,163  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,269  
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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$30,272 - $58,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 550
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $22.09  
   
Overtime
$18.30 - $37.86  
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 - $5,163  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,269  
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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$30,272 - $58,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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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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Assistant Buyers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Product Development Manager. The latter position pays an average of $80K annually. 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 $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Buyer


Zulily, Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Ross Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc are top-notch employers for Assistant Buyers in this area. Nordstrom, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $77K. Also paying near the top of the field are Ross Stores, Inc at $67K, Macy's, Inc. at $56K, and Sears Holdings Corporation, where Assistant Buyers annually earn $51K.

With a median salary of $43K, Zulily provides Assistant Buyers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $49K, limiting employee salary growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Neiman Marcus Group Inc. ($43K), Belk, Inc. ($44K), and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc ($50K).

Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


Assistant Buyers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Merchandising, Negotiation, 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. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Merchandising.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Buyer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $41K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $45K. Assistant Buyers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Assistant Buyers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,833

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

With a pay rate for Assistant Buyers that is 41 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 New York (+24 percent), Milwaukee (+18 percent), Union (+13 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Houston (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Assistant Buyer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Assistant Buyer

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Assistant Buyer Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


▲5%




National Average
$42,000



Customer Service
▼7%

Purchasing
▼8%

▼9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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