Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary

The average Farm Products Purchasing Agent in the United States earns approximately $46K annually. In the world of Farm Products Purchasing Agents, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $66K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — just over a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Farm Products Purchasing Agents making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Most Farm Products Purchasing Agents like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$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 (?
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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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There are some Farm Products Purchasing Agents — though it's uncommon — that transition into Purchasing Managers, where earnings are an average $61K annually.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products


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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication. It is not unusual for someone who knows Negotiation to be familiar with 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.


For many Farm Products Purchasing Agents, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $42K. Farm Products Purchasing Agents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. 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.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

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
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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