Assistant Buyer Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Assistant Buyers are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $40,193 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $28,215 to $53,896 per year. Total cash compensation to Assistant Buyers varies from $28,215 to $53,896; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4,172 each. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Assistant Buyers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Assistant Buyers who transition into Product Development Managers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $39K per year. Assistant Buyers most often move into positions as Buyers or Associate Buyers, where they can expect an extra $5,230 or $7,850 per year.

Assistant Buyer Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer

Survey results imply that Assistant Buyers put a diverse skill set to use. Negotiation and Merchandising are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 percent respectively. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people who know Merchandising also know Data Analysis and Vendor Relations.

Pay Difference By Location

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Atlanta
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Boston
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$40,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Assistant Buyers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Assistant Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+15 percent), New York (+15 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Portland (-15 percent and -13 percent, 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
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Vendor Relations
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Inventory Management
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Customer Service
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$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%
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