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Assistant Buyer Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Assistant Buyers report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $42K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $4K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Assistant Buyers can bottom out near $28K or peak near $54K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Assistant Buyers far outnumber their male contemporaries in the field. Most Assistant Buyers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Assistant Buyer Salary (?
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$31,206 - $54,744
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MEDIAN: $41,621
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Assistant Buyer Salary (?
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$11.74 - $20.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,206 - $54,744  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,172  
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $3,105  
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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$28,215 - $53,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 873
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $20.28  
   
Overtime
$17.36 - $32.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,172  
   
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $3,105  
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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$28,215 - $53,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Assistant Buyers move into roles as Product Development Managers, where pay is usually $79K per year. Career advancement for the typical Assistant Buyer often leads to becoming a Buyer or an Associate Buyer; median salaries in these positions are $5K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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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 Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Merchandising are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Analysis and Vendor Relations.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Atlanta
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Boston
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Philadelphia
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Milwaukee
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Charlotte
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National Average
$40,000
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Portland
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For Assistant Buyers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include Atlanta, New York, Seattle, and Boston, top-paying cities where Assistant Buyers see paychecks higher than average (+15 percent, +15 percent, +9 percent, and +8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 20 percent below the national average. St. Louis and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Assistant Buyer Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries

Merchandising
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
0%
Vendor Relations
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Inventory Management
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Customer Service
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National Average
$40,000
Microsoft Office
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Purchasing
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 276 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%