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Buyer Salary

A Buyer earns an average salary of $49,616 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
$35,465 - $71,423
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,616
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90%

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$13.04 - $24.83
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,465 - $71,423  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,795  
Profit Sharing
$304.83 - $5,111  
Commission
$0.00 - $32,215  
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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$32,855 - $71,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,073
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $24.83  
   
Overtime
$16.93 - $36.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,795  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $32,215  
Profit Sharing
$304.83 - $5,111  
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).
)
$32,855 - $71,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,523
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Buyer Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Buyer Salaries




Supply Chain
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Procurement
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Forecasting
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Vendor Management
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Data Analysis
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Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
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National Average
$48,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Inventory Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1428 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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