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Purchasing Assistant Salary

For Purchasing Assistants, hourly average wages total $14.57 per hour. Final cash compensation to Purchasing Assistants varies from around $25K to approximately $44K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $2K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Purchasing Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. While one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,388 - $48,968
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,174
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$11.13 - $18.50
(Median)
$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
$27,388 - $48,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $2,133  
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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$24,545 - $44,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 451
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $18.50  
   
Overtime
$15.71 - $26.68  
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 - $2,517  
   
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $2,133  
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).
)
$24,545 - $44,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 821

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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 who go on to become Purchasing Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Purchasing Managers is $60K annually. Purchasing Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Buyers or Purchasing Agents. The median paychecks in those roles are $13K higher and $10K higher, 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 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. Those proficient in Data Entry are, more often than not, 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Purchasing Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $34K. For Purchasing Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Austin is home to an above-average pay rate for Purchasing Assistants, 24 percent higher than the national average. Purchasing Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Richmond. Los Angeles and Miami 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 14%

Organizing
up arrow 13%

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
up arrow 2%

Inventory Management
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 259 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
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%