Entry-Level Buyer Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Buyers come in at around $49K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Buyers bottoms out near $33K and approaches $67K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women Entry-Level Buyers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$35,798 - $67,307
$36K
$49K
$67K
MEDIAN: $49,106
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$13.36 - $23.75
$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.72
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,798 - $67,307  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,216  
Profit Sharing
$99.83 - $5,005  
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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$32,583 - $66,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,333
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.36 - $23.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.73  
Overtime
$19.18 - $35.58  
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.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,216  
   
Commission
$618 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$99.83 - $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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$32,583 - $66,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 836

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Entry-Level Buyers fill the offices of leading firms Whole Foods Market, Inc., United Technologies Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Fiber Dynamics Inc., and Target Corporation. Those at Target Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $89K. Caterpillar, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and CH2M Hill are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Buyers earning around $75K, $67K, or $63K at each firm, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, Whole Foods Market, Inc. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $33K — 169 percent lower than the top payer. Workers at C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., Core-Mark International, Inc., and Performance Food Group Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $37K, $41K, and $43K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,809

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

For Entry-Level Buyers, New York provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Buyers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+22 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Columbus (+11 percent). Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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



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▲6%

▲3%

▲2%



Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼0%

National Average
$47,000







Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 480 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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