Junior Buyer Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, approximately two-thirds of Junior Buyers report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $38,279 per year on average. Pay begins at $27,997 on the low end and climbs to $51,944 per year near the top. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $4,917 and $5,462, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $29,830 or peak near $54,364. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Most Junior Buyers are women (70 percent). For the most part, Junior Buyers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Junior Buyer Salary (?
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$29,830 - $54,364
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MEDIAN: $40,291
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Junior Buyer Salary (?
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$12.19 - $20.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,830 - $54,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,917  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,462  
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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$27,997 - $51,944  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $20.27  
   
Overtime
$16.28 - $28.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,917  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,462  
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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$27,997 - $51,944  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Junior Buyers who become Senior Buyers earn an extra $26K per year. A typical promotion for Junior Buyers is becoming Buyers or Industrial Buyers, where they can expect an extra $7,144 or $7,758 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Junior Buyer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salaries can reach $39,650 from $37K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $41K. As Junior Buyers reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $47K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—most of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$38,000
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For those looking to make money, Junior Buyers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like San Diego, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles, top-paying markets where Junior Buyers rake in more than the national norm (+12 percent, +6 percent, +5 percent, and +3 percent).

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Experience Affects Junior Buyer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Junior Buyer Salaries

Data Analysis
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National Average
$38,000
Microsoft Excel
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Purchasing
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Order Inventory
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
70%
female alumni
 
Male
30%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 18%
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