Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) Salary

Average Purchasing Agents in the United States make around $49K annually. Overall cash earnings for Purchasing Agents vary widely between $31K and $66K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women Purchasing Agents who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$35,862 - $69,501
$36K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,062
10%
50%
90%

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$13.73 - $24.67
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.80
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,862 - $69,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,992  
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $6,183  
Commission
$4,900  
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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$31,274 - $66,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 772
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $24.67  
   
Overtime
$19.43 - $36.11  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,992  
   
Commission
$4,900  
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $6,183  
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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$31,274 - $66,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 434

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Job Description for Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products)

A company’s purchasing agent (in fields other that wholesale, retail, or farm products) has extensive knowledge of computers and a company's economic procedures. They use those skills to ensure purchasing and orders run smoothly. Purchasing agents must maintain good relationships with current vendors and buyers, which includes communicating changes in products, any new products that the vendor may be interested in purchasing, and any promotions by the company. The purchasing agent keeps up with current product demands and try to increase sales from vendors and buyers. Purchasing agents also regularly work with sales and marketing departments of the company to identify any products or services of the company that are not selling well to decide whether the product should be taken off the market.

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Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) Tasks

  • Procure and contract for goods and services in a specific industry.
  • Take corrective action when defective goods are received.
  • Inventory existing property and conduct audits.
  • Test and evaluate sample products, draw up and approve requisitions, and ensure adequate supply.
  • Research and identify vendors, and negotiate to achieve desired quality, price, and timetables.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products)


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There are some Purchasing Agents — though it's uncommon — that transition into Purchasing Directors, where earnings are an average $85K annually. Purchasing Managers or Purchasing Managers are common next-step roles for Purchasing Agents moving up in their careers; annual pay for Purchasing Managers is $15K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Purchasing Managers.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products)


Survey results imply that Purchasing Agents deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Sourcing, Data Analysis, and Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pricing, Vendor Relations, and Order Inventory. Those proficient in Purchasing are, more often than not, also skilled in Inventory Management, Procurement, and Contract Negotiation. A tool kit that includes Vendor Management also typically contains Procurement.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products)

Pay by Experience for a Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) has a positive trend. An entry-level Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 591 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 355 salaries. An experienced Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 352 salaries. A Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 169 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,869

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Purchasing Agents, working in the bustling city of St. Louis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Purchasing Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Salt Lake City (+18 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Buffalo, 19 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products)

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) Salaries

▲17%

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) Salaries


▲9%


▲7%

▲4%


Inventory Management
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$46,000

▼1%



Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
▼2%


Vendor Relations
▼8%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 13%