Entry-Level Buyer Salary

Entry-Level Buyers can expect to earn an average of $50K annually. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Buyers varies from around $33K to approximately $67K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $5K, respectively. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Entry-Level Buyers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Entry-Level Buyers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,244 - $67,396
$36K
$50K
$67K
MEDIAN: $49,605
10%
50%
90%

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$13.47 - $23.86
$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.69
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$36,244 - $67,396  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,246  
Profit Sharing
$102.34 - $5,036  
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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$32,718 - $66,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,452
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $23.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.30  
Overtime
$19.74 - $35.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,246  
   
Commission
$618 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$102.34 - $5,036  
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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$32,718 - $66,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 874

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Buyers include Whole Foods Market, Inc., United Technologies Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Fiber Dynamics Inc., and Target Corporation. Target Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $89K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Caterpillar, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and CH2M Hill, where Entry-Level Buyers typically earn around $75K, $67K, or $63K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $33K, Whole Foods Market, Inc. easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 169 percent less than the top paying company. Employees at C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., Core-Mark International, Inc., and Performance Food Group Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $37K, $41K, and $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,513

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Buyers, 27 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Columbus (+10 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Portland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Dallas and Grand Rapids earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

Buyer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Buyer in Meredith:
"I hit the ground running every day. High stress."
Plan your day and start with priority issues first.

Buyer in New York:
"Be willing to seek and learn all you can in the field."
Finish undergrad college and continue education. It will help you advance in your career. Learn all you can about hospital materials systems. Learn how to maintain contract data. Learn the process of contract LOp. Learn the value of Hospital (Vat) value analysis -product committee.

Buyer in Ripon:
"Accounting and Finance."
Understand how your job affects others. Learn basic accounting and finance. Sell yourself well.

Buyer in Eden Prairie:
Do an internship while still in college! Do not graduate and start looking for a job from scratch assuming you can find something as easily as you found any previous part time job.

Buyer in Slidell:
"I Wish I Knew More Drug Names."
Make sure you get paid for what you do. Make sure they do not pay you for what you do not do.

Buyer in Hershey:
"Require Appropriate Tools."
Working for a family owned business can be difficult. There are often important tools missing that directly affect the job. This important information can be held as private making it extremely difficult to tailor the purchasing for the store.

Buyer in Livonia:
"Skills And Abilities."
To learn the basics of our business from ordering material and stamping our products to shipping them out to our customers.

Key Stats for Buyer

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 529 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
19%
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Skills That Affect Buyer Salaries


▲5%

▲5%


▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$48,000




Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼2%






Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 529 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 12%
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