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

Annual pay for Farm Products Buyers in the United States typically comes in around $41,213 annually. Compensation ranges from $28,771 on the low end to $62,011 per year on the high end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to about half. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Farm Products Buyers making up 54 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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Purchasing Agent / Buyer, Farm Products Salary (?
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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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As Farm Products Buyers transition into upper-level roles, they usually see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, it is not uncommon for a Purchasing Manager to earn an extra $18,787 per year than his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Farm Products Buyers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication and Purchasing. 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $39K, which grows only modestly to $42K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $46K. As Farm Products Buyers approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth 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 10 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For Farm Products Buyers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Farm Products Buyers 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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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%