Assistant Buyers in the United States can expect wages of $44K per year on average. Cash earnings for Assistant Buyers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $58K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Assistant Buyers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Assistant Buyers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$32,021 - $59,604
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$32K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,225
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$12.15 - $21.89
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,021 - $59,604  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,165  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,269  
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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$30,276 - $58,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 568
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $21.89  
   
Overtime
$17.92 - $38.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,165  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,269  
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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$30,276 - $58,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Product Development Manager. The average Product Development Manager brings home $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 $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Buyer


Many Assistant Buyers can be found at Zulily, Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Macy's, Inc., Ross Stores, Inc, and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Assistant Buyers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Nordstrom, Inc., where the average salary comes to $77K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Ross Stores, Inc, Macy's, Inc., and Sears Holdings Corporation, where earnings of $65K, $56K, or $51K are standard for Assistant Buyers.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Zulily, where the median salary is just $43K — 79 percent lower than the top payer. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Neiman Marcus Group Inc. at $43K, Belk, Inc. at $44K, and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, where $50K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


Assistant Buyers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Merchandising, Negotiation, Data Analysis, and Vendor Relations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Those listing Oral / Verbal Communication as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Data Entry and Purchasing also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Merchandising.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Buyer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Assistant Buyers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $42K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $44K. Assistant Buyers see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,020

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

For those looking to make money, Assistant Buyers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Assistant Buyers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Milwaukee (+20 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Union (+12 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (5 percent less) and Houston (2 percent less).

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 40%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries



Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Vendor Relations
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$42,000

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Purchasing
up arrow 8%


Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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