Purchasing Assistant Salary (United States)

The average Purchasing Assistant in the United States earns approximately $14.52 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $10.93 per hour and does not exceed $18.41. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to 44 percent. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 75 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Purchasing Assistant Salary (?
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$26,694 - $48,694
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,914
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Purchasing Assistant Salary (?
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$10.93 - $18.41
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,694 - $48,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,487  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $2,043  
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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$24,240 - $43,980  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 454
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $18.41  
   
Overtime
$15.64 - $26.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,487  
   
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $2,043  
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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$24,240 - $43,980  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 788
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Job Description for Purchasing Assistant

An purchasing assistant helps to purchase products for their company to use or sell. They must be aware of stock and inventory at all times, as well as general sales and revenue trends (such as what is selling well or poorly). A purchasing assistant may be in charge of choosing which products to stock in inventory, as well as forming relationships with distributors and manufacturers.
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Purchasing Assistant Tasks
  • Manage goods throughout the purchasing/receiving process.
  • Maintain accurate records related to purchases.
  • Issue purchase orders.
  • Confirm accuracy of orders.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Assistant

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As Purchasing Assistants make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $27K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Purchasing Manager. Purchasing Assistants moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Buyers or Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents, where paychecks increase by $12,688 or $9,683 per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Assistant

Survey results imply that Purchasing Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Those who have experience with Organizing can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 13 percent more than the national average, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Inventory Management. Those familiar with Data Entry also tend to know Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Purchasing Assistants do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Salaries increase to $34K from around $33K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $36K after 10 to 20 years. After a couple decades on the job, Purchasing Assistants see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $39K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$33,000
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For Purchasing Assistants, working in the bustling city of Atlanta has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Minneapolis, Chicago, San Diego, and Houston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Purchasing Assistants earning around 14 percent, 13 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent more than average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Los Angeles (-7 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Purchasing Assistant Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Purchasing Assistant Salaries

Organizing
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Purchasing
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$33,000
Microsoft Excel
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Inventory Control
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Data Entry
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Order Inventory
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Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 268 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 19%
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