Purchasing Assistant Salary

Purchasing Assistants in the United States take home an average $14.61 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Purchasing Assistants stretch from $25K on the lower end to $45K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $2K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although around one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Purchasing Assistants making up 73 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,595 - $49,519
(Median)
$29K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,360
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$11.17 - $18.75
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,595 - $49,519  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,508  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,000  
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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$24,637 - $44,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 461
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.17 - $18.75  
   
Overtime
$15.81 - $27.56  
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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,508  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,000  
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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$24,637 - $44,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 830
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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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Purchasing Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Buyer, where median compensation is $65K annually. When Purchasing Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Buyers or Purchasing Managers. Those roles pay an additional $13K and $27K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Assistant


Purchasing Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Accounts Payable, Organizing, Microsoft Office, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Order Inventory. Most people who know Data Entry also 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $34K. Purchasing Assistants see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $37K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For Purchasing Assistants, Austin provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Purchasing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Miami and 6 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Assistant Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Assistant Salaries

Accounts Payable
up arrow 12%

Organizing
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Inventory Control
up arrow 1%

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 246 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%
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