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

Pay for Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $43,459 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $30,317 to $65,839 per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and more than half earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents (53 percent). Most Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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$12.32 - $22.99
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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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While Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents do not often become Purchasing Directors, the ones that do transition make an extra $41K per year. Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents typically move 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)

Survey takers working as Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents report using a large range of professional skills. 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 pay less than market rate include Order Inventory, Inventory Control, and Inventory Management. Those educated in Purchasing tend to be well-versed 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.
Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Beginning workers can expect to earn $39K starting out, which grows to $44K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $49K. Salaries grow more slowly as Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth 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 14 percent. A majority 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. Other big spenders include Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and Dallas, top-paying cities where Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents see paychecks higher than average (+26 percent, +17 percent, +15 percent, and +14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Elkhart, 7 percent below the national average.

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

National Average
$43,000

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

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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

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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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