Purchasing Assistant Salary

The average Purchasing Assistant in the United States earns approximately $14.78 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. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Purchasing Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. 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 (?
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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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While Purchasing Assistants do not often become Senior Buyers, the job pays $65K per year on average. Purchasing Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Buyers or Purchasing Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $13K higher and $27K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Assistant


Purchasing Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Organizing, Accounts Payable, Procurement, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $35K. Purchasing Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $37K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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 will also find cushy salaries in 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.

Purchasing Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Purchasing Assistant?

Purchasing Assistant in 80210:
"Chaotic. Fast paced."
Pros: I like interacting with multiple people from different division and seeing how every job functions.
Cons: I don't like inexperience people who don't know what they need or want. I don't like workers with no backbone or brains.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Assistant Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Assistant Salaries

Organizing
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Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%

Procurement
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Microsoft Office
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Purchasing
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
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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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