Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary

Pay for Farm Products Purchasing Agents in the United States sits in the ballpark of $46K per year. Total cash compensation to Farm Products Purchasing Agents approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $66K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Farm Products Purchasing Agents (53 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of Farm Products Purchasing Agents claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,611 - $70,702
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,826
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$12.12 - $22.03
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,611 - $70,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,182  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $14,681  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$29,348 - $65,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $22.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.43 - $33.05  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,182  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $14,681  
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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$29,348 - $65,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 175
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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.

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Farm Products Purchasing Agents do not often transition into Purchasing Manager roles. The role averages $61K per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products


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 seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication. Experience with Negotiation is often linked with knowledge of Purchasing.

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

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


Farm Products Purchasing Agents do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Farm Products Purchasing Agents in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $40K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $42K. Farm Products Purchasing Agents bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Farm Products Purchasing Agents who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $56K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Negotiation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000

Purchasing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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