Assistant Buyer Salary

Median pay for Assistant Buyers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $45K annually. Total cash compensation for Assistant Buyers runs from $30K to $59K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $11K. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Buyers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Assistant Buyers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,478 - $60,798
$32K
$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,726
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$12.48 - $22.60
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MEDIAN: $16.64
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,478 - $60,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,578  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,307  
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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$30,349 - $59,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 505
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $22.60  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $37.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,578  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,307  
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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$30,349 - $59,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 232

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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 not the most common occurrence, Assistant Buyers sometimes become Category Managers, where the average income is $80K per year. 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Assistant Buyers, Zulily, Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Macy's, Inc., Ross Stores, Inc, and Sears Holdings Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Ross Stores, Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $73K on average. Also paying near the top of the field are Nordstrom, Inc. at $72K, Macy's, Inc. at $56K, and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, where Assistant Buyers annually earn $52K.

Pay for Assistant Buyers is the lowest at Zulily, which has a median salary of $43K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $49K. Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Belk, Inc., and Sears Holdings Corporation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $43K, $44K, and $51K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


Assistant Buyers seem to exploit a large range 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 Order Inventory as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Data Entry 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

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: $42,013

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

For Assistant Buyers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Plano (+31 percent), New York (+27 percent), Union (+12 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). In Portland, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Los Angeles (2 percent lower).

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
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
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

▲49%

▲9%

▲7%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


▲5%




National Average
$42,000



Customer Service
▼7%

Purchasing
▼8%

▼11%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼24%

Order Inventory
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 15%