Buyer Salary (United States)

A Buyer earns an average salary of $49,295 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Buyer Total Pay (?
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$35,284 - $71,359
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MEDIAN: $49,294
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Buyer Total Pay (?
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$12.99 - $24.80
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,284 - $71,359  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,721  
Profit Sharing
$407.46 - $5,155  
Commission
$0.00 - $32,438  
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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$32,675 - $70,942  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 6,226
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $24.80  
   
Overtime
$16.87 - $35.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,721  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $32,438  
Profit Sharing
$407.46 - $5,155  
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).
)
$32,675 - $70,942  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 6,226
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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
  • 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.

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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

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Experience Affects Buyer Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Buyer Salaries

Procurement
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Forecasting
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Supply Chain
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Vendor Management
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Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
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National Average
$48,000
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Inventory Control
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Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%
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