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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 of Junior Buyers can occasionally include $5K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $28K to almost $52K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,203 - $54,401
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,903
10%
50%
90%

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$12.15 - $20.51
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
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
$30,203 - $54,401  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,890  
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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$28,055 - $52,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate 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$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $20.51  
   
Overtime
$17.38 - $29.79  
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.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,890  
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).
)
$28,055 - $52,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165

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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 Junior Buyers do not often become Senior Buyers, the job pays $65K per year on average. Junior Buyers typically move into roles as Buyers or Industrial Components Buyers, and those positions pay $7K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Survey results show that Junior Buyers use a fair number of skills. 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 Purchasing 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. Junior Buyers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $41K on average.

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Experience Affects Junior Buyer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Junior Buyer Salaries

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$39,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Purchasing
up arrow 7%

Order Inventory
up arrow 19%

Data Entry
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%