Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary
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.
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.Read More...
A high school diploma (or equivalent) is generally required, as well as additional education within a vocational/technical school program or an associate’s degree. Some businesses may also require a bachelor’s degree related to the field. However, on-the-job experience tends to reign above all for this position.
A farm product purchasing agent is responsible for a variety of tasks, predominantly purchasing farm products used for processing or resale. This person will research and evaluate farm product suppliers and analyze their price, quality, selection, availability, reliability, capabilities, reputation, and services. The purchasing agent will analyze price proposals and relevant data in order to select a supplier. This person is also responsible for monitoring the shipping and receiving of products, as well as maintaining and reviewing records regarding the products and inventories. The purchasing agent may also attend farm trade shows in order to research the products available. This person should be able to communicate effectively with the farm manager, as well as farm product suppliers both in-person and virtually; active listening skills are also highly important. A farm product purchasing agent must be able to maintain outstanding judgment and decision-making skills, as well as effective skills in negotiation, time management, and organization.
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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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.