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Assistant Buyer Salary (United States)

An Assistant Buyer earns an average salary of $42,042 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.
Assistant Buyer Salary (?
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$31,665 - $55,238
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $42,042
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Assistant Buyer Salary (?
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$11.73 - $20.45
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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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 (?
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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).
)
$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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Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Buyer

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Philadelphia
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Boston
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Milwaukee
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Charlotte
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National Average
$40,000
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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
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Vendor Relations
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Inventory Management
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National Average
$40,000
Customer Service
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Purchasing
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 233 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: 56% employee benefits None: 14%