Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary

The average Farm Products Purchasing Agent in the United States earns approximately $45K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Farm Products Purchasing Agents can bottom out near $29K or peak near $62K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Farm Products Purchasing Agents are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although nearly one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,862 - $69,904

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$11.91 - $21.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,862 - $69,904  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$29,052 - $61,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $21.94  
   
Overtime
$16.40 - $32.86  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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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$29,052 - $61,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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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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Advancing into a Purchasing Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Farm Products Purchasing Agents, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $60K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Farm Products Purchasing Agents typically report just a few 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. Employees educated in Negotiation are typically practiced in Purchasing, too.

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. 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. Farm Products Purchasing Agents claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $55K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

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

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%
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