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Assistant Buyer Salary

Assistant Buyers in the United States earn an average of $43K annually; salaries are particularly strong in San Francisco, where workers earn around $50K. Assistant Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), Milwaukee (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,685 - $55,683
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,613
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$11.71 - $20.61
(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
$31,685 - $55,683  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,042  
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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$29,153 - $54,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 834
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $20.61  
   
Overtime
$16.86 - $30.96  
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 - $4,042  
   
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).
)
$29,153 - $54,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289

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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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At the upper end, Assistant Buyers who move into a Product Development Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Product Development Managers is a much higher $80K per year. Assistant Buyers typically move into roles as Buyers or Associate Buyers, and those positions pay $5K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Buyer


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


Assistant Buyers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Merchandising, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry and Purchasing. Most people who know Merchandising also know 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $41K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $43K on average. Assistant Buyers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Assistant Buyers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

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
up arrow 2%

Vendor Relations
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$41,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
up arrow 3%

Data Entry
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
16%
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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