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Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary

The average Farm Products Purchasing Agent in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $45K per year. Cash earnings for Farm Products Purchasing Agents — including $5K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $61K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Work is enjoyable for Farm Products Purchasing Agents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$31,849 - $68,718
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $44,902
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$11.93 - $21.50
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,849 - $68,718  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,993  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $14,795  
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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$28,967 - $61,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $21.50  
   
Overtime
$16.32 - $32.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $14,795  
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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$28,967 - $61,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179

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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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Farm Products Purchasing Agents who advance into the role of a Purchasing Manager are fairly uncommon. Purchasing Managers on average earn $60K per year.

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Farm Products Purchasing Agents typically list a handful of skills 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. 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.


For Farm Products Purchasing Agents, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Farm Products Purchasing Agent generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $54K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

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 2%

National Average
$41,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

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: 79% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 19%
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