Average Entry-Level Buyers make around $49K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Buyers bottoms out near $33K and approaches $66K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Buyers (50 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,607 - $67,137
$36K
$49K
$67K
MEDIAN: $48,935
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$13.23 - $23.87
$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,607 - $67,137  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,217  
Profit Sharing
$99.78 - $5,005  
Commission
$613 - $34,255  
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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$32,535 - $66,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,447
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $23.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.73  
Overtime
$18.82 - $35.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,217  
   
Commission
$613 - $34,255  
Profit Sharing
$99.78 - $5,005  
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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$32,535 - $66,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 873

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Entry-Level Buyers flock to Whole Foods Market, Inc., United Technologies Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Fiber Dynamics Inc., and Target Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Target Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $89K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Caterpillar, Inc. at $75K, General Mills, Inc. at $67K, and Ford Motor Company, where Entry-Level Buyers annually earn $67K.

Pay for Entry-Level Buyers is the lowest at Whole Foods Market, Inc., which has a median salary of $33K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $41K. C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., Core-Mark International, Inc., and Performance Food Group Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($38K, $41K, and $43K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,618

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Buyers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+29 percent), Detroit (+26 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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 491 votes.
075
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
19%
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Skills That Affect Buyer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 491 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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