The average Produce Buyer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $53K per year. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Male Produce Buyers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,114 - $74,890
$39K
$53K
$75K
MEDIAN: $52,827
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90%

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$15.74 - $21.57
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,114 - $74,890  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,391  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$35,508 - $75,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$19.00  
   
Overtime
$20.94  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,391  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$35,508 - $75,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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Job Description for Produce Buyer (Grocery)

Grocery produce buyers typically negotiate and collaborate with produce suppliers on product promotions, advertisements, and pricing and serve as the primary contact between stores and direct suppliers. They may also identify and determine the best supplies of produce to ensure that quality is maintained at all times.

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Produce Buyer (Grocery) Tasks

  • Identify suppliers, select merchandise and negotiate bills of sale for a business.
  • Inspect deliveries for shipping errors, improper handling, or quality issues.
  • Ensure that orders are delivered on time and at cost.
  • Resolve billing and shipping problems and provide information to suppliers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Produce Buyer (Grocery)

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $47K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. Produce Buyers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $55K.

Produce Buyer (Grocery) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Produce Buyer (Grocery)?

Produce Buyer (Grocery) in San Diego:
"My boss pay me cash, and I don't have benefits, and I move f."
Pros: I love to buy produce, I have 20 years buying produce I know, how buy and sell.
Cons: They pay me cash $600.00 a week cash. I move from San Diego to Fresno. No health insurance. I am having rough time because I can not prove income. They deposit in my own checking account a lot of money for buy.

Key Stats for Produce Buyer (Grocery)

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Produce Buyer (Grocery) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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