Buyer, Technical Products Salary (United States)

The average Technical Buyer in the United States earns approximately $50,029 per year. Compensation starts at $35,101 and can reach $72,699 per year. Total cash earnings range from $37,613 on the low end to $72,660 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $5,180 and $4,827, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a majority get vision benefits. Male Technical Buyers are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 50 percent of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Buyer, Technical Products Salary (?
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$37,613 - $72,660
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MEDIAN: $50,992
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Buyer, Technical Products Salary (?
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$12.79 - $26.56
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,613 - $72,660  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,180  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $4,827  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,069  
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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$35,101 - $72,699  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 802
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $26.56  
   
Overtime
$14.98 - $39.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,180  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,069  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $4,827  
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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$35,101 - $72,699  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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Job Description for Buyer, Technical Products

Buyers of technical products oversee the purchase of raw materials and technical equipment necessary for effective manufacturing. After project managers outline the manufacturing processes, the buyer for the technical products must help determine the raw materials needed and begin the purchasing process. They need to understand the specifications of these materials (for instance what kind of metal used for an airframe or for I-beams in the construction process). Buyers of technical products also have to follow the production schedule so that the necessary materials are on hand when they are needed, not stored on site for months beforehand or arriving days late holding up other workers. Developing productive relationships with vendors and suppliers is important in this position; buyers must also be able to hold vendors accountable to their side of the agreements. These professionals' skills at product research and vendor relationships help contribute to reducing overall costs of manufacturing and production as well. Buyers of technical products also verify shipments and work with accounting professionals to make sure invoices are paid according to contract.
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Buyer, Technical Products Tasks
  • Ensure that orders are delivered on time and at cost.
  • Resolve billing and shipping problems and provide information to suppliers.
  • Identify suppliers, select merchandise and negotiate bills of sale for a business.
  • Inspect deliveries for shipping errors, improper handling, or quality issues.

Common Career Paths for Buyer, Technical Products

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Technical Buyers who assume a position such as a Commodity Manager—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $31K per year. As Technical Buyers progress in their field, many go on to become Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, despite the $7,611 drop in pay. Another common career choice for Technical Buyers is to move into a Senior Buyer role—this promotion comes with a pay raise of $14,438.

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Popular Skills for Buyer, Technical Products

Survey results imply that Technical Buyers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Supply Chain, SAP Materials Management (SAP MM), Contract Negotiation, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Materials Requirement Planning (MRP) and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Buyer, Technical Products

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Technical Buyers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Salaries can reach $51K from $47K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $55K. Though minimal, Technical Buyers continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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$50,000
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Technical Buyers will find that Detroit offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Technical Buyers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent) and San Diego (+4 percent).

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Experience Affects Buyer, Technical Products Salaries

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$50,000

Skills That Affect Buyer, Technical Products Salaries

Inventory Control
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Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
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Microsoft Excel
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$50,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 250 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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