Average Farm Products Purchasing Agents in the United States make around $48K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Farm Products Purchasing Agents can bottom out near $30K or peak near $71K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Farm Products Purchasing Agents. While one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Farm Products Purchasing Agents (54 percent) survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$32,358 - $78,313
$32K
$48K
$78K
MEDIAN: $47,983
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$12.70 - $22.82
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$23
MEDIAN: $16.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,358 - $78,313  
   
Bonus
$151.01 - $6,698  
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $11,635  
Commission
$10,500  
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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$30,156 - $70,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.70 - $22.82  
   
Overtime
$18.56 - $33.00  
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
$151.01 - $6,698  
   
Commission
$10,500  
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $11,635  
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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$30,156 - $70,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products


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Farm Products Purchasing Agents might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Purchasing Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $61K per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products


Job skills reported by Farm Products Purchasing Agents are limited. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Negotiation, Purchasing, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication. Those familiar with Negotiation also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $43K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $40K. Farm Products Purchasing Agents bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $55K.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%



National Average
$44,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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