Assistant Buyer Salary

The average salary for Assistant Buyers in the United States is $43K annually, and pay runs especially high in San Francisco, where the average is $51K. Assistant Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+22 percent), New York (+16 percent), Milwaukee (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,651 - $55,712
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,534
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90%

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$11.79 - $20.83
(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
$31,651 - $55,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,029  
Profit Sharing
$298.66 - $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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$29,355 - $54,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 843
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $20.83  
   
Overtime
$16.89 - $32.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,029  
   
Profit Sharing
$298.66 - $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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$29,355 - $54,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285
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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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For Assistant Buyers, progressing to a Product Development Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Product Development Manager can earn $79K annually. 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


Those at Ross Stores, Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $52K.

With a median salary of $43K, Zulily provides Assistant Buyers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $48K, limiting employee salary 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 Vendor Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry and Purchasing. Most people skilled in Merchandising are similarly competent 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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $41K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $46K.

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
up arrow 12%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


Merchandising
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Data Analysis
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Vendor Relations
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$41,000

Customer Service
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Purchasing
up arrow 3%

Data Entry
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
15%
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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