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Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary (United States)

Farm Products Purchasing Agents in the United States take home an average $45K annually. Total cash compensation for Farm Products Purchasing Agents runs from $29K to $63K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Farm Products Purchasing Agents enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Farm Products Purchasing Agents making up 56 percent of survey respondents. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary (?
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$32,175 - $70,171
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MEDIAN: $45,085
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Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary (?
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$12.04 - $21.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,175 - $70,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,020  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $8,109  
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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$29,117 - $62,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 312
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $21.52  
   
Overtime
$15.97 - $31.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$592 - $8,109  
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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$29,117 - $62,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Farm Products Purchasing Agents move into roles as Purchasing Managers, where pay is an average $60K per year.

Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Job Listings

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Farm Products Purchasing Agents who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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 and Purchasing. Those with knowledge of Negotiation tend to be skilled in Purchasing as well.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $40K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Farm Products Purchasing Agents make a median salary of $46K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $56K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For Farm Products Purchasing Agents, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Farm Products Purchasing Agents will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+9 percent).

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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Negotiation
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National Average
$41,000
Microsoft Excel
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Purchasing
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 19%