Junior Buyer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Junior Buyers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $41K annually. Cash earnings for Junior Buyers — including $5K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $28K to $53K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Junior Buyers (68 percent) who took the survey are female. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,102 - $54,336
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $41,067
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90%

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$12.17 - $21.00
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,102 - $54,336  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,960  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,411  
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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$28,370 - $52,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $21.00  
   
Overtime
$16.08 - $30.80  
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,411  
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).
)
$28,370 - $52,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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Job Description for Junior Buyer

Junior buyers are responsible for administrative and financial related tasks for their organization. They manage different aspects of supplier products, inspecting quality and arranging shipping costs. They also coordinate company purchases with other departments and authorize use of resources. Junior buyers must maintain accurate records of current and prospect suppliers and their performance, and so they need to possess strong data entry skills.

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Junior Buyer Tasks

  • Advise retail outlets how to price products based on purchase price and market trends.
  • Research suppliers to determine which ones fit company pricing and quality objectives.
  • Assist buyers and managers with writing purchase orders, buying merchandise, and managing inventory.

Common Career Paths for Junior Buyer


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While not commonly seen, Junior Buyers who transition into a Senior Buyer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Buyers is $65K per year. It is quite typical for Junior Buyers to transition into roles as Buyers or Industrial Components Buyers, where reported median earnings are $6K and $6K higher per year.

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Junior Buyers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Order Inventory and Negotiation also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Junior Buyer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Junior Buyers make a median salary of $41K. Junior Buyers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Junior Buyer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Junior Buyer Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Purchasing
up arrow 6%

Negotiation
up arrow 12%

Order Inventory
up arrow 20%

Data Entry
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 16%
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