Assistant Buyer Salary

Assistant Buyers in the United States take home an average $43K annually. Total incomes of Assistant Buyers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $3K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $56K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Assistant Buyers (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,058 - $56,891
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$57K
MEDIAN: $43,209
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$11.92 - $21.26
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary 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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,058 - $56,891  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,069  
Commission
$500  
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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$29,734 - $55,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 886
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $21.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39  
Overtime
$17.44 - $36.51  
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 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,069  
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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$29,734 - $55,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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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. Buyers or Associate Buyers are common next-step roles for Assistant Buyers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Buyers is $5K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Associate Buyers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Buyer


Zulily, Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Macy's, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, and Ross Stores, Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Assistant Buyers. Employees at Macy's, Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $54K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $51K and higher ones not far away at only $58K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $32K to just $49K — but Zulily offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $43K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


Survey results imply that Assistant Buyers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Microsoft Office, Merchandising, and Data Analysis 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. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Merchandising.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Buyer

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $44K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $41K. Assistant Buyers bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $49K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,292

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

For Assistant Buyers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Milwaukee (+17 percent), Columbus (+6 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 20 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (19 percent lower) and Portland (12 percent lower).

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
up arrow 18%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


Merchandising
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Vendor Relations
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$41,000

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Purchasing
up arrow 6%

Data Entry
up arrow 14%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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