Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary

Average Farm Products Purchasing Agents in the United States make around $45K per year. In the world of Farm Products Purchasing Agents, total cash compensation can vary between $29K and $61K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $15K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Farm Products Purchasing Agents who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. While roughly a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Most Farm Products Purchasing Agents like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,105 - $69,761
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $44,613
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50%
90%

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$11.88 - $21.83
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,105 - $69,761  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,954  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $14,544  
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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$29,010 - $61,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285
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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $21.83  
   
Overtime
$16.36 - $32.75  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,954  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $14,544  
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).
)
$29,010 - $61,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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Job Description for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products

A purchasing agent is the person primarily responsible for purchasing the highest quality merchandise available at the lowest possible cost. A purchasing agent specific to farm products is one who does the aforementioned task within the farming and agriculture industry. This position may also be called a buyer, dealer, coordinator, or merchandiser. While this person may not actually work on a farm, it is recommended that they do have a bit of onsite experience to ensure complete knowledge and understanding of the farm products.

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Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Tasks

  • Complete routine orders and quality control products and analyze metrics to assess if changes are needed.
  • Develop and optimize procurement and transportation of materials, equipment, and goods.
  • Communicate and negotiate with suppliers, vendors, and retail locations to ensure inventory is appropriate.
  • Build relationships with suppliers and vendors and understand the industry and available options.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products


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Many Farm Products Purchasing Agents move into a Purchasing Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $60K per year.

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Farm Products Purchasing Agents who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Microsoft Excel, Purchasing, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication. Negotiation and Purchasing are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products

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


For Farm Products Purchasing Agents, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $40K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $42K. For Farm Products Purchasing Agents, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. As Farm Products Purchasing Agents reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $54K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Negotiation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Purchasing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%
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