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Purchasing Assistant Salary

Purchasing Assistants in the United States take home an average $14.53 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $2K, overall incomes of Purchasing Assistants spread between $24K and $44K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Purchasing Assistants making up 74 percent. Most Purchasing Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,084 - $48,432
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,006
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$11.06 - $18.46
(Median)
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$15
$18
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
$27,084 - $48,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,487  
Profit Sharing
$351.17 - $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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$24,402 - $43,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 449
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.06 - $18.46  
   
Overtime
$15.61 - $26.75  
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 - $2,487  
   
Profit Sharing
$351.17 - $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).
)
$24,402 - $43,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 803
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Purchasing Manager. The average Purchasing Manager bring home $60K per year. When Purchasing Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Buyers or Purchasing Agents. Those roles pay an additional $13K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Assistant


Purchasing Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Organizing, Microsoft Office, Purchasing, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Order Inventory and Inventory Management. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Purchasing Assistants see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Purchasing Assistants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Purchasing Assistants, New York offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Purchasing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+21 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Miami and 4 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

Organizing
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Inventory Control
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 261 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
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 19%