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

Purchasing Agents in the United States can expect wages of $50K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Purchasing Agents stretch from $32K on the lower end to $67K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Purchasing Agents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Purchasing Agents who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,494 - $69,939
$37K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,664
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50%
90%

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$13.91 - $24.40
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.93
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$0$69K
Salary $37,494 - $69,939
Bonus $0.00 - $5,850
Profit Sharing $481.77 - $10,511
Commission $5,641
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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$31,830 - $66,659
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 757
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $13.91 - $24.40
Overtime $20.89 - $35.70
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,850
Commission $5,641
Profit Sharing $481.77 - $10,511
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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$31,830 - $66,659
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 470

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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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Purchasing Agents who advance into the role of a Purchasing Director are fairly uncommon. Purchasing Directors on average earn $85K per year. A common career progression for a Purchasing Agent is to become a Purchasing Manager or a Purchasing Manager. Compared to Purchasing Agents, the first group earns $15K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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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 7 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pricing, Vendor Relations, and Order Inventory. A tool kit that includes Vendor Management also typically contains Procurement. For most people, competency in Purchasing indicates knowledge of Inventory Management, Procurement, and Contract Negotiation.

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: $46,206

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

St. Louis is home to an above-average pay rate for Purchasing Agents, 35 percent higher than the national average. Purchasing Agents will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Salt Lake City (+17 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). In Buffalo, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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

Q: What is it like working as a Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products)?

Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) in Portland:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: Co workers, low stress,
Cons: No room to grow.

Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) in Hohenwald:
"Good job but has alot of stress."
Pros: Good hours and being able to meet alot of new people!
Cons: Doing alot of reports and having to solve everybody else's problems.

Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) in Albany:
"Purchasing."
Pros: Good Hours, Great People.
Cons: Stressful, seasonal.

Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) in Port Arthur:
"Schedule."
Pros: Four day work week, working 4 tens is a great benefit.
Cons:

Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) in Miami:
"Purchasing Agent Plus."
Pros: Always have somethin to do.
Cons: Stressful to work with vendors.

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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 223 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) Salaries

▲16%

▲7%

▲1%

National Average
$46,000

▼10%

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


▲8%


▲6%

▲4%


National Average
$46,000


Inventory Management
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼1%

▼2%


Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
▼3%


Vendor Relations
▼9%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 12%
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