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Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary (United States)

Farm Products Purchasing Agents in the United States typically take home $45K annually. In the world of Farm Products Purchasing Agents, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $62K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Male Farm Products Purchasing Agents are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 54 percent of the field. Job satisfaction for Farm Products Purchasing Agents is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary (?
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$32,069 - $70,097
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MEDIAN: $45,216
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$12.06 - $21.29
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,069 - $70,097  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,137  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $6,219  
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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$28,771 - $62,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $21.29  
   
Overtime
$15.67 - $30.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $6,219  
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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$28,771 - $62,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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Job Description for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products

  • 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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There are some Farm Products Purchasing Agents — though it's uncommon — that transition into Purchasing Managers, where earnings are typically $60K annually.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Farm Products Purchasing Agents who took the survey. Those who have experience with Negotiation, Purchasing, and Oral / Verbal Communication can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication and Purchasing. Competency in Negotiation frequently indicates 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.
For many Farm Products Purchasing Agents, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. 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 $55K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For Farm Products Purchasing Agents, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Farm Products Purchasing Agents will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+15 percent).

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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$41,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Negotiation
0%
National Average
$41,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
46%
female alumni
 
Male
54%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%