Buyer Salary

A Buyer earns an average salary of $51,849 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$38,007 - $75,215
$38K
$52K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,849
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50%
90%

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$13.86 - $25.76
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.67
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,007 - $75,215  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,495  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,359  
Commission
$618 - $33,935  
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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$34,471 - $74,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,624
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.86 - $25.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.73  
Overtime
$19.47 - $37.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,495  
   
Commission
$618 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,359  
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).
)
$34,471 - $74,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,418
© PayScale, Inc. @ www.payscale.com

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Job Description for Buyer

Buyers, also known as purchasing agents, work in many different fields. Some common businesses that hire buyers are retail stores, grocery stores, car dealerships, and many others. Buyers work is both mentally and physically challenging. Not only do they have to have very extensive knowledge of the business, they also need to know what kind of products need to be bought. Aside from the mental aspect, buyers often have to physically travel to pick up the items they are buying. They usually work indoors although some types of buyers such as car dealerships would have cars outside in the lot to choose from. Buyers often work with public relations or sellers from other companies. Most buyers have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration or Management, but some have a degree in their field such as Fashion, etc.

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Buyer Tasks

  • Identify suppliers, select merchandise and negotiate bills of sale for a business.
  • Inspect deliveries for shipping errors, improper handling, or quality issues.
  • Ensure that orders are delivered on time and at cost.
  • Resolve billing and shipping problems and provide information to suppliers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Buyer

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

Pay Difference by Location

45%

44%

24%

14%

13%

-1%

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-1%

-3%

-7%

National Average: $50,122

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Buyer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Buyer?

Buyer in Iowa City:
`"$Customer Service."`
Pros: Different day to day, feel needed, feel I can save money within the company, making connections.
Cons: Stress level, lack of guidance, do not feel appreciated within my department.

Buyer in Asheville:
`"$The job is great the environment, not so much."`
Pros: I like how independently I get to work and how I am the one in charge of certain vendors. I like being able to get to the bottom of certain issues and negotiating with the vendors. It makes me feel good being able to stay on top of things and such.
Cons: I hate my bosses. I feel as though I am not valued. I feel my pay should reflect how much I do and I don't think my represents me correctly.

Buyer in Portland:
`"$Good opportunities, but challenges from management."`
Pros: Holiday is a huge nationwide company that provides a lot of opportunity to work on interesting projects. Having grown so fast in the last 10 years, there are a lot of areas that are ripe for improvement. For the most part, people are friendly and cooperative, but this also depends heavily on which department you work in.
Cons: Holiday is owned by Fortress Investment Group, a Manhattan hedge fund. The emphasis from Fortress is on optimizing cost in the next 12 months. Projects that address long-term cost are not considered. Management is promoted based on their connections to the c-suite, instead of experience and talent. This creates a lot of low-qualified micromanagers who work in lockstep with upper management. VPs and C-levels have some of the worst, least successful ideas in the company, yet they are rewarded with lofty paychecks and a multitude of perks. Lower level employees are severely underpaid and morale is low.

Buyer in Sheridan:
`"$Salary information."`
Pros: That its not the same everyday , a lot of different things going on all the time. I also like the fact that I can be very versatile in different areas of my job.
Cons: Dealing with vender that do not respond to your emails.

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Key Stats for Buyer

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 888 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Buyer Salaries

▲16%

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$50,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Buyer Salaries


▲6%

▲4%


▲2%

▲1%


Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
▼0%

National Average
$50,000








Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 888 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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