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Assistant Buyer Salary

The average Assistant Buyer in the United States earns approximately $42K annually. Total cash compensation for Assistant Buyers runs from $28K to $54K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The vast majority of Assistant Buyers (83 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,665 - $55,238
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $42,042
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$11.73 - $20.45
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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
$31,665 - $55,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,799  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $3,085  
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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$28,428 - $54,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 847
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $20.45  
   
Overtime
$17.35 - $32.06  
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 - $4,799  
   
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $3,085  
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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$28,428 - $54,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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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 Product Development Managers, where the average income is $80K per year. 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 $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


Survey results suggest that Assistant Buyers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. It is often found that people who know Merchandising are also skilled in 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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $40K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $43K on average. On average, Assistant Buyers make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $44K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Assistant Buyers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Assistant Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), Columbus (+9 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 19 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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
$40,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


Merchandising
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Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Vendor Relations
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
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Purchasing
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

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: 56% employee benefits None: 14%