Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary

An average Farm Products Purchasing Agent in the United States can expect to take home roughly $44K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Farm Products Purchasing Agents spread between $29K and $61K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Farm Products Purchasing Agents (58 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,145 - $69,606
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $44,457
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50%
90%

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$11.86 - $21.86
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$32,145 - $69,606  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,963  
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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$29,057 - $61,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $21.86  
   
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,963  
   
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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$29,057 - $61,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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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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Farm Products Purchasing Agents who advance into the role of a Purchasing Manager are fairly uncommon. Purchasing Managers on average earn $60K per year.

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Professional skills reported by Farm Products Purchasing Agents are few in number. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Microsoft Excel, Purchasing, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $40K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. 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 30%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

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 87 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
9%

Common Health Benefits

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