Junior Buyer Salary

Junior Buyers in the United States take home an average $41K annually. Overall cash earnings for Junior Buyers stretch from $29K on the lower end to $54K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Junior Buyers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,974 - $55,338
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,481
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$12.28 - $21.23
(Median)
$12
$17
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,974 - $55,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,615  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,111  
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).
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$28,747 - $53,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $21.23  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $32.39  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,615  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,111  
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).
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$28,747 - $53,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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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Junior Buyers may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Buyer, where median compensation is $65K annually. Typical career progression for a Junior Buyer involves becoming a Buyer or an Industrial Components Buyer, roles that pay $6K more and $6K more on average.

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Junior Buyers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Purchasing, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office 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.


Junior Buyers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Junior Buyers make a median salary of $41K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $47K.

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Experience Affects Junior Buyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Junior Buyer Salaries

Data Analysis
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National Average
$40,000


Purchasing
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Negotiation
up arrow 13%

Order Inventory
up arrow 21%

Data Entry
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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