The average Farm Products Purchasing Agent in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K annually. Total cash compensation to Farm Products Purchasing Agents bottoms out near $30K and approaches $70K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Farm Products Purchasing Agents enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — close to a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$32,406 - $73,102
(Median)
$32K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,686
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90%

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$12.98 - $22.91
(Median)
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,406 - $73,102  
   
Bonus
$151.52 - $6,666  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $11,836  
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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$30,449 - $69,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $22.91  
   
Overtime
$19.01 - $33.11  
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
$151.52 - $6,666  
   
Commission
$10,500  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $11,836  
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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$30,449 - $69,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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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It's not very common for Farm Products Purchasing Agents to move on to become Purchasing Managers. Average pay for a Purchasing Manager is $61K annually.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Farm Products Purchasing Agents who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Negotiation, Purchasing, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication. Those educated in Negotiation tend to be well versed in 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.


For Farm Products Purchasing Agents, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Farm Products Purchasing Agents see a median income of $40K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $43K. Farm Products Purchasing Agents see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Farm Products Purchasing Agent with more than 20 years of experience can earn $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

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 5%

Negotiation
up arrow 3%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$44,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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