Purchasing Assistant Salary

Median pay for Purchasing Assistants in the United States is around $14.62 per hour. Total cash compensation to Purchasing Assistants approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $45K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $2K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Purchasing Assistants survey respondents are women (74 percent). Most Purchasing Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — about a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,606 - $49,508

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$11.21 - $18.75

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,606 - $49,508  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
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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$24,663 - $44,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 462
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.21 - $18.75  
   
Overtime
$15.84 - $27.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
   
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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$24,663 - $44,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 832
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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 transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Buyer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Buyers earn $65K on average per year. 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


Survey results show that Purchasing Assistants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Accounts Payable, Organizing, Microsoft Office, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Order Inventory. It is often found that people who know Data Entry are also skilled in 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.


For Purchasing Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $34K. Purchasing Assistants bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Purchasing Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


Purchasing Assistants will find that Austin offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Purchasing Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Miami (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 245 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

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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