Purchasing Assistant Salary

Purchasing Assistants in the United States take home an average $14.78 per hour. Total cash compensation for Purchasing Assistants runs from $25K to $45K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $2K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Purchasing Assistants survey respondents are women (74 percent). Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Most Purchasing Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,778 - $49,647
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,637
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$11.50 - $18.76
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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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
$28,778 - $49,647  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,548  
Profit Sharing
$385.41 - $2,018  
Commission
$2,150  
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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$24,986 - $45,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 515
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $18.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.77 - $28.72  
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 - $2,548  
   
Commission
$2,150  
Profit Sharing
$385.41 - $2,018  
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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$24,986 - $45,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 924
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Purchasing Assistants sometimes become Senior Buyers, where the average income is $65K per year. Career advancement for the typical Purchasing Assistant often leads to becoming a Buyer or a Purchasing Manager; median salaries in these positions are $13K higher and $27K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Assistant


Purchasing Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Organizing, Accounts Payable, Procurement, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Order Inventory. The majority of those 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.


Purchasing Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. Purchasing Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. Purchasing Assistants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,182

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Purchasing Assistants, New York offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Purchasing Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+13 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Assistant Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Assistant Salaries

Organizing
up arrow 11%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%

Procurement
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
up arrow 2%

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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