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

Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents in the United States pull down an average of $43,459 annually. The range in pay spans from $30,317 to $65,839 per year. Overall cash allowance—including $5,052 bonuses and $7,288 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $33,308 and $69,216. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and about half get vision insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents (53 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) Salary (?
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$33,308 - $69,216
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MEDIAN: $46,769
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,308 - $69,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,052  
Profit Sharing
$492.12 - $7,288  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$30,317 - $65,839  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,776
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $22.99  
   
Overtime
$17.20 - $34.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,052  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,795  
Profit Sharing
$492.12 - $7,288  
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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$30,317 - $65,839  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 883
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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
  • 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.
  • Inventory existing property and conduct audits.
  • Procure and contract for goods and services in a specific industry.
  • Take corrective action when defective goods are received.

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

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Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents who assume a position such as a Purchasing Director—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $41K per year. The most common next step for Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents is moving into roles as Purchasing Managers or Purchasing Managers, where they can expect an extra $16,541 or $4,884 per year.

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

Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Contract Negotiation, Procurement, and Vendor Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Order Inventory, Inventory Control, and Inventory Management. It is often found that people who know Purchasing are also skilled in Inventory Management, Procurement, and Contract Negotiation.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $39K, which grows to $44K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $49K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$43,000
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Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Also paying near the top of the field are Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and Dallas, where Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents annually earn 26 percent, 17 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent more than the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Elkhart.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) Salaries

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$43,000

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

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 574 votes.

Gender

Female
53%
female alumni
 
Male
47%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 14%
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