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Purchasing Assistant Salary

Average Purchasing Assistants in the United States make around $14.58 per hour. In the world of Purchasing Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $2K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $45K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Purchasing Assistants. Female Purchasing Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,653 - $49,198
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,282
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$11.19 - $18.65
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$11
$15
$19
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
$27,653 - $49,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,542  
Profit Sharing
$401.34 - $2,073  
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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$24,602 - $44,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 452
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.19 - $18.65  
   
Overtime
$15.74 - $26.72  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,542  
   
Profit Sharing
$401.34 - $2,073  
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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$24,602 - $44,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 834

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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 Purchasing Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Purchasing Managers earn $60K on average per year. Purchasing Assistants typically move into roles as Buyers or Purchasing Agents, and those positions pay $13K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Assistant


Purchasing Assistants report using a wide range of professional 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.


Purchasing Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Purchasing Assistants make a median salary of $36K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Purchasing Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Purchasing Assistants, Austin provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Purchasing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+20 percent), New York (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Richmond and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 5 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Assistant Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Assistant Salaries

Accounts Payable
up arrow 13%

Organizing
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
up arrow 2%

Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 252 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
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%
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